No room for general category in ‘One nation, One ration card’ scheme
Alappuzha: General category card holders will not be able to buy ration under ‘One nation, One ration card’ scheme. Further, the blue and white ration card holders will not be eligible to buy ration from other states. This is because no other state in the country except Kerala provides ration to general category card holders.
Only the holders of Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AYY - Yellow) and Priority (red) ration card holders can avail ration from other states. Hence, out of the 86.36 lakh card holders in Kerala, 49.48 lakh will not be able to buy ration from other states. The civil supplies cooperation has prepared a list in this regard.
The central government introduced the new scheme to ensure that migrant workers all over India are able avail ration. The first phase, which includes 10 states divided into five clusters, will commence by the end of October. Kerala has been included in a cluster along with Karnataka. So the priority - AIY card holders from Kerala can get ration from Karnataka and vice versa.
The price of ration rice for priority card holders in Kerala and Karnataka are different. While 1 kg rice costs Rs 2 in Kerala, it is given free of cost in Karnataka. It is not clear how this disparity in price will be worked out. Although civil supplies cooperation had informed they will reach an agreement with Karnataka regarding the same, it has not materialised yet.
Once the scheme is implemented across the country in January 2020, people from Kerala will be able to avail ration from other states also.
All those under Food Security Act eligible
All the ration card holders who come under the purview of Food Security Act will be eligible to get ration from other states. Kerala is the only state that provides ration to the general category. Other states do not do that. That could be the reason why they were not included in the new scheme, said P. Thilothaman, Food and Civil Supplies Minister.