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Nine States have successfully completed reforms in PDS and implemented the One Nation One Ration card System.

Author: Swarajya Staff
Publication: Swarajyamag.com
Date: December 9, 2020
URL:   https://swarajyamag.com/insta/nine-states-successfully-complete-pds-reforms-and-implement-one-nation-one-ration-card-system?s=03

The Union Ministry of Finance said today that these states are Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh. As a result of the successful completion of reforms, additional borrowing permission of Rs 23,523 crore has been issued to them.
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Ministry of Finance @FinMinIndia

  • Reform linked borrowing permissions lead to citizen centric reforms in the States
  • 9 States have successfully completed #OneNationOneRationCard Reform
  • Reform linked borrowing permission of Rs.23,523 cr issued to these States(1/8)

 

Ministry of Finance@FinMinIndia

The Government of India has strengthened the hands of the States through multiple measures. These included grant of additional borrowing permission of 2% of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) in the year 2020-21. (2/8)

Ministry of Finance@FinMinIndia

To ensure long-term debt sustainability and prevent any adverse impact on future, a part of the additional borrowing was linked to the States carrying out reforms in the sectors critical for service delivery to the citizens.  (3/8)

Ministry of Finance@FinMinIndia

One of the sectors identified for reforms is the Public Distribution System.  Out of the additional borrowing limit of 2% of GSDP, 0.25% is linked to implementation of “One Nation One Ration Card system”.  (4/8)

Ministry of Finance@FinMinIndia

So far nine States have successfully completed reforms in PDS and implemented One Nation One Ration System.  These States are : Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh. (5/8)

 

 

Name Of State

Amount Of Permission accorded (Rupees in Crores)

Andhra Pradesh

2,525.00

Goa

223.00

Gujarat

4,352.00

Haryana

2,146.00

Karnataka

4,509.00

Kerala

2,261.00

Telangana

2,508.00

Tripura

148.00

Uttar Pradesh

4,851.00

Total

23,523.00

 

Ministry of Finance@FinMinIndia

Department of Food and Public Distribution in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution is the Nodal Department to certify that a State has met the conditions stipulated for this reform.  (6/8)

Ministry of Finance @FinMinIndia

Department of Food and Public Distribution in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution is the Nodal Department to certify that a State has met the conditions stipulated for this reform.  (6/8)

Ministry of Finance @FinMinIndia

Further, to become eligible for additional borrowing, the States have to complete the reforms by 31st December, 2020. (7/8)

Ministry of Finance @FinMinIndia

In addition to the One Nation One Ration Card, other reforms specified as a precondition to avail additional borrowing are : ease of doing business reform, urban local body/ utility reforms and power sector reforms.  (8/8)
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In May of this year, the Modi government had permitted states to borrow an additional 2 per cent of state GDP in 2020-21, over and above the 3 per cent limit.

Of the permissible 2 per cent, 0.5 per cent was unconditional. A further increase of 1 per cent was linked to states performance in the four areas - implementing One Nation-One Ration Card, ease of doing business, urban local body and power sector reforms - with the weightage being 0.25 per cent for each area. The final 0.5 per cent in increased borrowing limit will be unlocked if targets are met in three of the four outlined areas.

The ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ system, will enable migrant workers and their family members to access PDS benefits from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) in the country. The system will provide intra-state as well as inter-state portability of ration cards.

In the current scheme of things, a ration cardholder can purchase foodgrains only from an FPS in the locality they live. However, this will change once the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ system becomes operational nationally.

A technology enabled framework will identify a beneficiary through Aadhaar enabled authentication on electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) devices installed at the FPSs, and enable that person to purchase the quantity of foodgrains to which a cardholder is entitled.

‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ will ensure that the beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and other welfare schemes, especially the migrant workers and their families, get ration from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) across the country. The technology enabled framework will also ensure better targeting of beneficiaries, elimination of bogus/duplicate/ineligible ration cards and thus enhance welfare and reduce leakage.  

 

 
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