New Delhi, Feb 7: 'One Nation-One Ration Card' scheme will be implemented across the country from June 1, Food and Civil Supply Minister Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
Replying to a supplementary question during the Question Hour, he said the scheme has already been implemented in 12 states from January 1 and will come into force pan-India from June 1.
Efforts are afoot to implement it in four states, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, by March and from June1, the scheme will be implemented in the entire country barring few North Eastern states.
Highlighting the benefits of the scheme, the Minister said ration card holders can avail this facility in any state. The ration card must be linked to the Aadhaar card and the ration card holder to the point of sale machine.
The Minister said all precautions have been taken care of while implementing the scheme so that the card gets his ration smoothly in any part of the country. Additional quota foodgrains has also been provided to the states for it.
As of now, the Minister said, there are no plans to make new ration cards. However, some people are creating confusion about this, he added.
'The Centre has directed the states to take strict action against those involved in creating confusion regarding the new ration card. States have been told that if need be, such a case can also be handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation for a probe', the Minister said. (UNI)