“There were a large number bogus and duplicate ration cards before 2013. In last seven years, we have focused to prevent any leakage in the system. We needed identify duplicate cards, remove names of people who have died and eradicate list without the Aadhar card,” said a food ministry official.
He said that the digitalisation drive of ration cards has helped improve transparency and efficiency of public distribution system.
“While weeding out ineligible ration cards, we keep on adding new beneficiaries within the ceiling of coverage defined for each stage and union territories,” the official said.
The NFSA provides coverage for 813.5 million people, which is nearly two-third of country’s population. Presently, more than 800 people are receiving subsidised food grains on a monthly basis.
“These people are also eligible for 5 kg free food grain per month under PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) till this month. The government may extend this scheme, which was launched in March this year to fight situation arising out of Corona pandemic, till March next month,” the official said.
“We distribute around 42 million tonnes at subsidised rates under NFSA. Whole wheat is priced at Rs 2 a kg and rice at Rs 3 a kg. In addition to that we are distributing 32 million tonnes of free food grains under PMGKAY. The distribution under both the scheme had been seamless during the period of Corona,” the official said.
The government has also fast tracked one nation one ration card scheme to benefit migrant labourers who can avail subsidised food grain from any ration shop across the country. So far, the government has integrated 28 states and union territories with the national portability cluster.
“Now migratory beneficiaries can easily avail food grains from any ration shops in these states. We expect to cover the entire country by January 2021- two months ahead of the target,” the official said.
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14 Comments on this Story
Ajay Bapat72 days ago
In my opinion this is not only related to taking food grains. Most of them even may not be going to ration shops. They are all being done in view of making those Bangaladeshis stay here in India. I do not have to say who is involved. Unless, we do not stop politics as a main business, these things will not stop.
Rattan Chand Goyal72 days ago
It is a tip of the iceberg. If genuinely investigated more bogus and multiple ration cards of many families will come out. And this is due to the votebank politics. In the hope of getting votes, our leaders verify the non-existant persons.
As far as the criteria of BPL, families it is next to impossible to declare. Most of the existing BPL families are quite well to do, having all the modern luxurious goods. And the genuine poorest have no place to live and no money to buy or store the ration.
Dm Bhanap72 days ago
Highly subsidized foodgrain should be made available only to BPL families. Those above BPL should pay double or more so that accretion to BPL families due to COVID19 ranks can be accommodated.
A stringent checks for fraudulent ration cards Adhar cards Manarega beneficiaries should also be carried out to plug leakage of Govt. benefits by undeserving persons.