Taking note of a fake news that is doing the rounds on social media that new ration cards will be issued for the central government’s ambitious initiative ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme, the Press Information Bureau of India (PIB) fact-checking team has said that the reality is that old ration cards will remain valid throughout the nation.
“#Reality: Old ration cards will remain valid throughout the nation. No new ration cards are being made for the ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme” PIB Fact Check tweeted.
PIB has set up a fact-checking unit to verify news related to the various ministries to combat fake news.
Union food minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that an FIR is being lodged on a fake letter attributed to his ministry claiming that Centre was engaging private vendors to prepare new ration cards under ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme.
“No new ration cards are being made under the One Nation One Ration Card scheme. The existing card will be accepted across the country to get subsidised foodgrain,” he tweeted.
Here is all you need to know about ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme
- The Centre has designed a standard format for ration cards and has asked state governments to follow the pattern while issuing fresh ration cards.
- The government wants to implement ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme across the country effective 1st June 2020.
- Under the one nation, one ration card’ initiative, eligible beneficiaries would be able to avail their entitled foodgrains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from any Fair Price Shop in the country using the same ration card.
- A standard format for ration card has been prepared after taking into account the format used by different states and after consultation with other stakeholders.The state governments have been advised to use this new format whenever the states decides to issue new ration cards.
- The standardised ration card includes the requisite minimum details of the ration card holder and states can add more details as per their requirement.
- For national portability, the state governments have been asked to issue the ration card in bi-lingual format, wherein besides the local langauge, the other language could be Hindi or English.
- The states have also been told to have a 10-digit standard ration card number, wherein first two digits will be state code and the next two digits will be running ration card numbers.
- Besides this, a set of another two digits will be appended with ration card number to create unique member IDs for each member of the household in a ration card