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In support of the poor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that 'One Nation, One Ration Card' system will be a reality soon. He said that the government is all set to launch the 'One Nation, One Ration card' in the country for which government is working actively. This will help those poor countrymen who migrate to other places in search of employment or for other needs.
'One Nation, One Ration Card' system will enable migrant workers and their family members to avail food grains from any fair price shop in the country. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier announced the national rollout of a ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ system in all states and Union Territories by March 2021. Under 'One Nation, One Ration Card' system, a standard format for ration card has been prepared. The state governments have been asked to issue the ration card in bi-lingual format. The details of ration cardholders will be mentioned in the local language and as well as in English or Hindi.
The PM also announced the extension to the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana, under which India’s poor get free foodgrain, till the end of November. As many as 800 million people will be entitled to get 5kg of rice or wheat, each, every month, besides 1kg of gram per family, for five more months. The decision, Modi said, was taken in view of the post-monsoon festive season, when household demand for foodgrain typically rises. The government will be spending around Rs 90,000 crore in this free food grain scheme and if one takes the programme, which has already started since April, the total expenditure comes to around Rs 1.25 lakh crore.
He highlighted that the government has taken timely decision ever since the first lockdown was announced in the country while emphasising, “nobody should go hungry”. The government has already initiated several measures to soften the blow of the coronavirus on the people of the country. This included the transfer of direct cash transfer to Jan Dhan accounts of Rs 20,000 crore and other mega programmes for farmers and rural employment.
This announcement should help reassure the poor, large numbers of whom have found themselves unable to earn a livelihood as a result of the Covid-induced lockdown and the economic crisis that ensued. They have endured hardships of a kind that the country’s well-fed have little acquaintance with, and everyone should be glad Indian granaries are being opened up for such a large relief programme. The extension, Modi said, would cost the exchequer ?90,000 crore, which would take the total expenditure on the scheme to ?1.5 trillion. The fiscal implications of it are unclear, but the sum is well within our range of affordability. It’s the least we can do in support of the poor.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi