‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ launched in Sikkim

Thursday, Jul 29, 2021 08:00 [IST]

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‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ launched in Sikkim

GANGTOK,: Chief Minister P.S. Golay on Wednesday launched the implementation of the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ (ONORC) and Fair Price Shops (FPS) automation through e-POS devices in Sikkim at Samman Bhawan here.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister lauded this flagship programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed his gratitude for his concern for the wellbeing of the people especially, BPL families and migrant labours. Further, he added that this will create a proper database and will put an end to the misuse of ration cards and fraudulent beneficiaries. He also acknowledged the prime benefit of this programme which enables beneficiaries to avail ration throughout the country and will be of great help to the migrant labours, a CMO release informs.
The main aim and objective behind the implementation of ONORC and FPS automation are to promote transparency and accountability for the distribution of food grains under the public distribution system. This flagship initiative will enable the beneficiaries to avail ration from any Fair Price Shops in the country. This will also enable the migrant workers to draw their authorised ration with ease, the release mentions.
The Food & Civil Supplies department will be implementing the flagship programme to meet the nationwide portability of the PDS commodities under the National Food Security Act, 2013 through ONORC which aims to provide an option to all Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Households (PHH) beneficiaries using their existing ration card with Aadhaar authentication on the Electronic Point of Sale (e-POS) devices available in all Fair Price Shops.
The FPS automation through e-PoS devices has been categorically designed given the difficult terrain of Sikkim with three modes of distribution:
- Online distribution through biometric authentication of beneficiaries under NFSA, 2013.
- Fully offline distribution in the dark zone or border areas where no internet connectivity is available.
- Partially/Hybrid distribution in the fluctuating network due to being a difficult terrain and e-POS application will automatically switch to online-offline mode as per network availability.
The Chief Minister congratulated the Food & Civil Supplies department on the launch of the programme and expressed his belief that they will swiftly implement the programme in the state. He also thanked the NIC, New Delhi and Hyderabad for organising the event and also distributed tokens to three beneficiaries, the release mentions.
Food & Civil Supplies minister Arun Upreti, advisor, chairperson and officials were present at the event.

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