January 21, 2022

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One Ration Card: Bihar reports maximum intra-state and Delhi records highest inter-state transactions

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One Ration Card: Bihar reports maximum intra-state and Delhi records highest inter-state transactions
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One Ration Card: Bihar reports maximum intra-state and Delhi records highest inter-state transactions
One Ration Card: Bihar reports maximum intra-state and Delhi records highest inter-state transactions

NEW DELHI: Bihar recorded a maximum of nearly six crore intra-state transactions for lifting free foodgrain by the poor since August 19 when the Centre launched the One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) platform. In the inter-state transaction category, Delhi topped the list with 4.3 lakh transactions followed by Haryana and Maharashtra.
These indicate that while Bihar perhaps has seen the maximum migration of poor within the state during this period, the maximum migration of poor from other states has been to Delhi.
The ONORC platform was set up to ensure that the poor beneficiaries could get their entitlement of highly subsidized foodgrain from the Central government schemes from any fair price shop or ration shop of their choice in their home state or in any other state where they stay or work.
The official data show that out of total 52.92 crore intra-state transactions for lifting of the entitled foodgrains from the Public Distribution System (PDS) during this period, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan recorded 2.9 crore and 2.16 crore transactions respectively.
So far as inter-state transactions are concerned, Haryana and Maharashtra recorded 73,710 and 37,034 transactions till December. It can be recalled that Delhi was one of the last state/ UTs to join the ONORC platform, but within months the national capital saw maximum such transactions and in December only nearly 80% of all inter-state transactions registered across the country happened in Delhi.
Officials said both intra and inter-state transactions increased significantly as the government rolled out PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojna (PMGKAY) – scheme to provide additional five kg free foodgrains per month to nearly 80 crore identified beneficiaries – who were impacted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The PMGKAY has been implemented in five phases and this will continue till March end. The food ministry said so far 759 lakh tonnes of free foodgrains have been allocated to the states and UTs for distribution, which is equivalent to about Rs 2.6 lakh crore in food subsidy. The states and UTs have so far distributed around 580 lakh tonnes of foodgrains to the beneficiaries. It said more than 93% of the identified beneficiaries have received the free foodgrain under the PMGKAY scheme.
The ministry said during the first and second phase Mizoram and Meghalaya achieved 100% distribution of free foodgrain. During the third and fourth phases, Chhattisgarh achieved 98% distribution followed by Tripura, Mizoram, Delhi and West Bengal each achieving 97%.
The ministry also said 12 states and UTs including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh recorded 98-100% Aadhaar based distribution of foodgrains during all the five phases of PMGKAY.

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