New Delhi: The central government told the Supreme Court on Monday (June 14) that the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ plan would benefit migrants by giving them access to foodgrains from any fair-priced shop anywhere in the country.
It stated that migrants will be able to use their current ration card with biometric authentication and that the plan will make food security “portable.”
The Centre has stated that it is committed to making sufficient foodgrains available to states at heavily subsidized prices in order to assist them during the COVID-19 crisis.
“All the States/UTs have been advised to avail their requirements of foodgrains through the mentioned schemes, to provide foodgrains to those who are not covered under the NFSA including migrants/stranded migrants, as per locally assessed requirements,” the Centre’s affidavit stated.
The court was hearing a case about the difficulties that migrants faced during the lockdown.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that all states must implement the One Nation, One Ration Card scheme, regardless of where their ration cards are registered.