Tamil Nadu became the 11th state to complete the reform of the “One Nation One Ration Card” system.
♦ Tamil Nadu has become the 11th state in the country that has successfully implemented the “One Nation One Ration Card system” reform prescribed by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance.
♦ Therefore, the state is eligible to mobilize additional financial resources of Rs 48.13 billion through Open Market Borrowings.
♦ Tamil Nadu has now joined the other 10 states and they have completed this reform. They are Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.
♦ In response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, GOI increased the state’s borrowing limit by 2% of its GSDP.
♦ Half of this special distribution is related to the country’s citizen-centred reforms.
♦ The One Nation One Ration Card System is an important citizen-centric reform. Its implementation ensures that food rations are provided to beneficiaries in any Fair Price Shop (FPS) across the country in accordance with the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and other welfare programs (especially migrant workers and their families).
♦ The reforms enable states to better target beneficiaries and also eliminate bogus/duplicate/ineligible cardholders resulting in enhanced welfare and reducing leakage.