To facilitate the ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ program in the country, the government on Friday unveiled the ‘Mera Ration’ mobile app for the benefit of citizens by identifying the nearest pricing store. This app will benefit especially those who hold assignment cards who move to new places for a living.
The program was developed by the government in partnership with NIC to “perform a variety of ONORC-related services among National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries, particularly immigrant beneficiaries, FPS vendors and other relevant stakeholders,” the department said.
The implementation of the One Ration Card program ensures the availability of allocations to beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and other social programs, especially immigrant workers and their families, at any price point (FPS) nationwide.
At the event, while addressing the media, Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary, Department of Food and Social Welfare, said ONORC, a program that was initially launched in 4 provinces in August 2019, has been released soon in 32 countries / UT in December 2020 and the integration of the remaining 4 / UT countries (Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and West Bengal) is expected to be completed in the next few months.
Pandey informed that currently, the program includes approximately 69 Crore NFSA beneficiaries (approximately 86% NFSA people) in the country and a monthly transaction rate of approximately 1.5 ~ 1.6 Crore transactions is recorded under ONORC.
Following the launch, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said the new mobile app aims to simplify ONORC-related services among NFSA beneficiaries, especially immigrant beneficiaries, retail pricing (FPS) or retailers and other stakeholders.
“We plan to have this mobile app in 14 languages. These languages are identified by geographical location,” he said.
Some of the key features of this app are:
Beneficiaries can identify and locate the nearest pricing store.
-The benefits easily check their details:
- Right -Foodgrain
- Transaction -Recent
- -Aadhaar seeding status.
In addition, migration beneficiaries can register their migration details with the program. There is also an option for beneficiaries to submit suggestions/feedback.
The app is currently available in English and Hindi. The government also said more jobs would be added to the application while improving its use and expanding additional services.
Meanwhile, 17 provinces have implemented the ‘Oni Nation-One Ration Card’ program and Uttarakhand is the latest to end the program, the Treasury said on Thursday.
Countries that complete the transformation of the One Nation-One Ration Card system are eligible for an additional loan of 0.25 per cent of the state’s domestic gross domestic product (GSDP).
Therefore, these provinces have been granted an additional 37,600 crore loan approval by the Department of Finance, the statement said.
This technology-driven change enables immigrant beneficiaries to obtain their rightful share of cereals at any online retail outlet (PoS) that empowers their favourite pricing stores anywhere in the country.
Due to the need for resources to meet the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 epidemic, the Government of India on May 17, 2020, increased the regional lending limit by 2 per cent of its GSDP.
Part of this special period (one per cent of the GSDP) was linked to the transformation of the country’s citizens. The four transformation areas identified by the Department of Finance – namely – the implementation of the One Ration Card program; easy to make business changes; changes in local body and resources; and changes in the energy sector.
The government provides subsidized sorghum of 5 kg per person per month at retail outlets of 5.4 lakh.