IMPHAL, Sept 21:
Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan today said the Government is taking up a revolutionary step in the interest of the consumers of the country.
The Union Minister this said during the inauguration ceremony of Food Storage Depot at Old Cachar Road, Bishnupur.
‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme, will allow portability of food security benefits. The plan is to implement it by July 1, 2020. All the States had been given one more year to use point of sale (PoS) machines in the ration shops and implement the scheme.
Paswan said, PoS machines have been implemented in 14 states of the country in connection with the one nation one card scheme. While Tripura and Imphal have completed almost 100% and 86% targets respectively, Assam and Mizoram have comparatively achieved lesser targets, he added.
He also pointed out that the people of Manipur should try to get the benefits of Prime Minister’s Ayushman Yojana that gives Rs 5 lakhs financial assistance per family in a year.
The Food Storage Depot inaugurated today has a storage capacity of 4,600 MT and the foundation stone was also laid by Paswan in 2015.
Appreciating the Manipur Government for doing a great job, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan thanked the FCI officials for their work and team effort in bringing a full-fledged regional office of FCI in Imphal by January 2020. He said that the Government will further try to open FCI godowns in almost all the districts of the North Eastern states.
He also said that he had discussed in detail NFSA issues, drought related problems and other related matters with the General Managers, ED & Secretaries of the North Eastern States yesterday.
Giving clarification on the issue of black marketing of essential commodities, Minister Karam Shyam said that NFSA rice allocation is provided to the public every month through NFSA fair price agents after getting certification from local organizations and elected members’ nominees. The process has been carried out transparently in collaboration with the DCs , DSOs and local representatives and rice given on a second term basis only after proper certification, he assured. (PTI)