Department of Food & Public Distribution: There is going to be a change in the eligibility criteria for taking ration from government ration shops. Several meetings have also been held with the states in this regard.
New Delhi: Standards for Ration Card: There is big news for the beneficiaries of the ration card. The Department of Food and Public Distribution has taken a big decision regarding the ration card. Actually, the department is making changes in the standard for eligible people taking ration from government ration shops. Under this, the format for changing the standard is now almost ready. Several rounds of meetings have also been held with the state governments in this regard.
Rich people are also taking benefits
According to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, at present 80 crore people across the country are taking advantage of the National Food Security Act (NFSA). There are many people among them who are financially prosperous. Keeping this in mind, the Ministry of Public Distribution is going to make changes in the standards.
Why are changes happening?
In this regard, Secretary, Food and Public Distribution Department, Sudhanshu Pandey said that for the last six months, a meeting is being held with the states regarding the change in the standards. Incorporating the suggestions given by the states, new standards are being prepared for the characters. These standards will be finalized this month. After the implementation of the new standard, only eligible persons will get the benefit, ineligible people will not be able to get the benefit. This change is being made keeping in mind the needy.
One Nation, One Ration Card Scheme
According to the Department of Food and Public Distribution, till now the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card (ONORC) scheme’ has been implemented in 32 states and UTs till December 2020. About 69 crore beneficiaries i.e. 86 percent of the population coming under NFSA are taking advantage of this scheme. Every month about 1.5 crore people are taking benefits by moving from one place to another.