Tamil Nadu launches one nation, one ration card scheme

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The system helps migratory NFSA beneficiaries, who frequently change their place of dwelling in search of temporary employment to lift their entitled quota of foodgrains from anywhere in the country by using their existing ration card with biometric/Aadhaar based authentication.

 

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday, October 1, launched a one nation one ration card scheme in the state. The scheme was inaugurated the scheme at the secretariat by distributing subsidized foodgrains to three families as a token gesture.

In the first phase, this scheme comes into force in 32 districts, and in the second phase, it will come into force in the remaining six districts from October 16. These districts are Thoothukudi, Thanjavur, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Madurai, and Tiruvannamalai. 

The system hep migratory NFSA beneficiaries, who frequently change their place of dwelling in search of temporary employment to lift their entitled quota of foodgrains from anywhere in the country by using their existing ration card with biometric/Aadhaar based authentication.

The family cardholders in Tamil Nadu can receive their PDS supply from any fair price shop in any part of the State, said a New Indian Express report. The family cardholders in Tamil Nadu who could not ensure their identity through the biometric authentication can do so by scanning the Smart Card and the Aadhaar card besides using the One Time Password sent to the mobile number used in the Aadhaar card.

Also, the elderly persons and those who are fallen ill can receive their PDS supply through a person authorised by them.

The inter-state ration card portability has been launched in 25 states so far under the central scheme, Integrated Management of Public Distribution System. The state government has integrated the existing PDS database with the central system under the repository of all National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries.

The end-to-end computerisation of PDS was carried out during the previous Jayalalithaa regime at Rs 330 crore. Subsequently, chief minister Palaniswami launched the biometric enabled smart cards for PDS in April 2017.

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