One nation, one ration card, many voices

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The problem of hunger, they say, is not because of the shortage of food, but because of the inequality that manipulates food distribution.

India, like many countries across the world, subsidises consumption of certain food and non-food items for its poor through a network of ration shops across the country. For the purpose, ration cards are provided by all state governments to its citizens for purchasing subsidised provisions.

The Centre has now proposed 'One Nation One Ration Card' system aiming at enabling beneficiaries, especially migrants, to get their quota of foodgrain from any ration shop across the country. The states and Union Territories have been given time till June 30, 2020, to roll out one public distribution system (PDS).

According to Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the "biggest beneficiary of this will be migrant labourers who move to other states to seek better job opportunities and will ensure their food security".

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