The government has launched “Mera Ration” mobile app under “One Nation One Ration Card” programme that aims at nationwide convenience of ration cards under National Food Security Act (NFSA).
Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said the new mobile app aims to facilitate the ONORC-related services among beneficiaries of the NFSA. Currently this system covers nearly 69 crore NFSA beneficiaries in the country. Monthly averages of about 1.5-1.6 crore portability transactions are being recorded under ONORC.
The application is currently available in English and Hindi. The government also plans to have this mobile app in 14 languages and these languages are identified based on places where most migrant people move.
Presently the ONORC covers 32 states and UTs. The incorporation of remaining four states, West Bengal, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Assam, is expected to be completed in next few months.
The One Nation one ration card reforms aims to benefit the migratory population mostly labourers, daily wagers, urban poor like rag pickers, street dwellers, temporary workers in organised and unorganised sectors, domestic workers etc, who frequently change their place of dwelling in search of livelihood.
This technology driven reform enables the migrant beneficiaries to get their entitled quota of food grains from any electronic point of sale (e-PoS) enabled fair Price Shops of their choice anywhere in the country.