The initiative One Nation One Ration Card allows all NFSA beneficiaries, particularly migrant beneficiaries, to claim either full or part foodgrains from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) in the country through the existing ration card in a seamless manner.
About the app:
Mera Ration Mobile App will benefit especially those ration card holders who move to new areas for livelihoods. The system which was started initially in 4 States in August 2019 has been swiftly rolled out in a very short period in 32 States/UTs by December 2020 and the integration of the remaining 4 States/UT (Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, and West Bengal) is expected to be completed in next few months.
At present, the system covers nearly 69 Crore NFSA beneficiaries (about 86% NFSA population) in the country and a monthly average of about 1.5~1.6 Crore portability transactions are being recorded under the One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC).
Significance of One Nation One Ration Card scheme:
ONORC has proved to be a tremendous value-added service to each NFSA beneficiary during the pandemic, particularly migrants, which allowed them to avail the benefit of subsidised foodgrains with flexibility from any location wherever they were during the lockdown/crisis period.
The freedom of choosing any FPS was not available earlier. During the period April 2020 to Feb
2021, a total of about 15.4 Crore portability transactions have been recorded under ONORC.
The ONORC scheme is being implemented by the Department for the nation-wide portability of ration cards under National Food Security Act (NFSA).
This system allows all NFSA beneficiaries, particularly migrant beneficiaries, to claim either full or part foodgrains from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) in the country through existing ration card with biometric/Aadhaar authentication in a seamless manner.
The system also allows their family members back home, if any, to claim the balance foodgrains on same the ration card.