Patna, Jan 20: Union Minister for Food and Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Ramvilas Paswan announced to fully cover the country under “ one nation, one ration card” scheme from June this year and said 3 crore fake ration cards had been identified in the country and 4,4404 in Bihar since introduction of the scheme.
Paswan told media here today that these fake cards were identified, following linking of ration cards with the Aadhar card. He said that under the scheme no new ration card would be needed for inter-state portability and the existing cards would be valid across the country.
The scheme is being implemented under three phases and in 16 states including Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tripura, Gujarat and Jharkhand it had been implemented.
The minister said that there were some obstacles in its implementation at some places in extreme North-East due to the difficult geographical terrain.
Outlining the pace of implementation of the scheme in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh he said that 91 per cent work had been completed and the rest would be done by March this year.
In UP 99 per cent of the work was over, he informed saying that in Odisha and Chhatisgarh it would be done by June 1st this year.
He said that electronic point of sale (ePoS) machines were being installed for biometric authentication of the beneficiaries under the scheme.
The Minister further stated that there would be 81 crore beneficiaries under the scheme. Presently 610 lakh tonnes of food grains were being supplied to the PDS for which the Central government was providing a subsidy of Rs 1.78 crore. (UNI)