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February 10, 2022

No need to physically port the ration card from one State/UT to another under One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) plan

by CA Shivam Jaiswal in Income Tax

No need to physically port the ration card from one State/UT to another under One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) plan

The Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today informed that under the technology driven One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) plan, as such there is no need to physically port the ration card from one State/UT to another, as the beneficiaries have choice to lift their foodgrains from any electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) device enabled Fair Price Shop (FPS) from anywhere in the country, by using their same/existing ration card issued in their home State/UT. Since inception of the ONORC plan in August 2019, a total of about 56 Crore portability transactions have been recorded in the States/UTs under ONORC up to 31st January 2022. A State/UT wise statement showing total number of portability transactions recorded under ONORC is at Annexure.

 As part of the Concurrent Evaluation of the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) and Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) operations through Monitoring Institutes (MIs), which are esteemed universities and institutions of national repute, the Department has conducted assessments of the implementation of the ONORC plan in States/UTs in a phased manner. Also, from the large volume of portability transactions under ONORC, it is evident that the beneficiaries are leveraging the facility of ration portability to access their NFSA as well as PM-GKAY food grains from any FPS of their choice, without being dependent on the tagged ration shop in the ration card. Such a flexibility was not available earlier under the traditional TPDS operations when beneficiaries had to lose their food security benefits in the event of migration or being away from their village/town or designated FPS.

Annexure

State/UT wise statement showing total number of portability transactions recorded by States/UTs under ONORC since inception in August 2019 and upto 31st January 2022:

Sl.State/UT (as Sale State/UT)ONORC Enabled in State/UT FromNo. of Total Portability Transactions under ONORC
1Andaman & Nicobar IslandsDec 2020 10,591
2Andhra PradeshAug 2019 8,62,33,519
3Arunachal PradeshOct 2020 1,230
4Assam  –  
5BiharMay 2020 15,90,43,162
6ChandigarhNov 2020 175
7Chhattisgarh  –  
8Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & DiuMay 2020 1,34,833
9DelhiJul 2021 49,09,874
10GoaJan 2020 26,714
11GujaratAug 2019 16,30,859
12HaryanaOct 2019 2,17,87,306
13Himachal PradeshMay 2020 15,420
14Jammu & KashmirAug 2020 5,70,861
15JharkhandJan 2020 15,96,043
16KarnatakaOct 2019 3,50,69,194
17KeralaOct 2019 3,37,58,683
18LadakhSep 2020 169
19LakshadweepSep 2020 54
20Madhya PradeshJan 2020 1,61,13,402
21MaharashtraAug 2019 3,06,22,910
22ManipurAug 2020 1,519
23MeghalayaDec 2020 37
24MizoramJun 2020 1,604
25NagalandAug 2020 8,429
26OdishaJun 2020 28,578
27PuducherryNov 2020 1
28PunjabMay 2020 32,74,644
29RajasthanOct 2019 6,67,66,502
30SikkimJun 2020 3,222
31Tamil NaduOct 2020 11,04,524
32TelanganaAug 2019 5,16,65,402
33TripuraJan 2020 5,44,626
34UttarakhandAug 2020 23,735
35Uttar PradeshMay 2020 4,26,51,136
36West BengalAug 2021 229
 Total  55,75,99,187