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One Nation One Ration Card – The journey so far

The implementation of the One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) scheme is one of the top priorities of the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India, allowing all eligible ration card holders / beneficiaries covered under NFSA to access their eligibility in any part of the country Provides an option to create.


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Implementation of IT-driven system by installation of EPOS devices in FPS under this scheme, insertion of Aadhaar number of beneficiaries with ration cards into service database and highly subsidized foodgrains through biometrically certified EPOS transactions in States / UTs Distribution of is made possible by the operation of nationwide portability of ration cards.

The Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Ram Vilas Paswan regularly reviews the progress of implementation of the scheme from time to time through meetings and video conferences with the State Food Ministers and State Food Secretaries. During the last few months, the Minister has held many such video conferences on 13/04/20, 22/05/20 and 18/06/20.

Apart from this, the Secretary (DFPD) and Joint Secretary (PD) have also reviewed the implementation progress very closely with all the States / UTs through multiple video conferences and all for timely resolution of any issues and challenges. Technical and administrative support is provided to the States / UTs. All the States / Union Territories have shown their willingness to introduce national portability under ONORC and almost all have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with this department.

in present, “One Nation One Ration Card Scheme” The National Portability of Ration Card under the scheme has been made operational without interruption in the integrated cluster of 24 states / UTs with effect from August 1, 2020. These states / Union Territories – Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Sikkim, 65 crore beneficiaries (80% of total NFSA population) from Rajasthan, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland and Uttarakhand are covered.



This means that movement of migrant workers will be possible with full dependency portability as well as partial dependence of the ration card holder.

Further, based on the preparation of the States / UT Governments, the Department of Food and Public Distribution to commission the facility of One Nation One Ration Card in the remaining 12 States / Union Territories (including 2 DBT cash transfer UTs). Concrete and regular efforts are being made.

Some of the major issues which are being negotiated with the remaining 12 State Governments / UT Administrations are as follows; And important stages are to be followed by the respective States / UTs:

Arunachal Pradesh: The state has recently started installation of EPOS devices on FPS and it is expected that the installation in all the districts will be completed by October 2020.

Assam: Assam is in the process of procuring IT hardware (ePOS devices) and plans to enable national portability by December 2020.

Chhattisgarh: Chhattisgarh is in the process of procuring the ePOS devices to replace the old tablet and plans to enable national portability by December 2020.

National Capital Territory of Delhi: Recently, the Delhi government has started work to resume EPOS-based distribution on FPS suspended by GNCTD in April 2018. In this regard, they are reinstalling EPOS equipment on all FPS and will be ready by October 2020. The state is expected to follow the critical stage and time frame.

Ladakh: The Union Territory has already started testing the National Portability Transaction and is planning to commission it from September 2020. Although the issue of connectivity may pose a challenge in some parts, its impact will not be significant.



Lakshadweep: The Union Territory will soon begin testing national portability transactions and it is expected that UT can commission national portability by September 2020. Although connectivity issues may pose challenges in some islands, their impact will not be significant.

Meghalaya: The installation of EPOS devices in the state has recently commenced in a phased manner, and may be completed by October 2020. The state’s national portability is expected to begin by December 2020.

Tamil Nadu: The installation of biometric scanners with EPOS devices in all FPSs has recently been initiated and testing has been started in three districts. The state government has committed to implement full EPOS by the end of September 2020. The state is expected to introduce national portability by October 2020.

West Bengal: The state government has yet to initiate biometrically certified transactions for food grains distribution. In this regard, the state government has indicated the target for March 2021. The state is expected to follow a critical stage and time frame.

Andaman and Nicobar: To enable biometric authentication of beneficiaries, UT administration is replacing EPOS devices in all EPS. UT plans to introduce this feature soon either by replacing devices or using alternative means like mobile applications etc. It is expected to start by October 2020.

Chandigarh: An SOP has been set and agreed to develop a software application to enable national portability through DBT cash transfer mode to beneficiaries of other states / UTs by implementing DBT (Cash) UT, and It is expected to start by November 2020.

Puducherry: An SOP has been shared with this DBT (cache) UT for the implementation of national portability. Discussions at the UT level are underway and the deadline for implementation is January 2021.

(Courtesy: PIB_Delhi)


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