Keralites’ chilly response to ration portability

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Specific Information Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: 18 months have handed since Kerala joined the One Nation One Ration Card scheme. Nonetheless, not many Malayalees are utilising the inter-state ration portability facility. Solely 22 Keralite ration card holders collected their allocation from different states in June and this month, till Wednesday, simply 18. 

Of the 90.68 lakh households within the state beneath 4 PDS classes, 5.9 lakh within the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and 32.96 in Precedence Family (PHH) classes are eligible for inter-state portability. As per the civil provides division, the variety of households making use of the power would have been up if all classes had been included.

“Perhaps household migration to different states is much less amongst NFSA cardholders. Ration playing cards in AAY and PHH classes are thought-about NFSA playing cards,” stated an officer.

Nonetheless, the variety of other-state households accumulating their ration items from Kerala is rising. As many as 368 such individuals collected ration from Kerala in June and 230 individuals this month to this point. The figures had been 344 and 259 in Might and April, respectively. 

“Although the state has a big migrant inhabitants it hasn’t been mirrored within the portability scheme as Assam and West Bengal, which contribute a significant chunk of Kerala’s migrant inhabitants, are but to hitch the scheme,” the officer stated. The division hopes that the quantity will go up when these states be part of the scheme. Moreover migrant staff, these residing in border areas of different states are additionally acquiring items from ration outlets in Kerala. Solely foodgrain is included within the programme. AAY ration card holders are entitled for a month-to-month allocation of 35 kg of foodgrains and PHH 5 kg.

JUNE  2021

Different-state beneficiaries in Kerala

Karnataka  238
Maharashtra 53
Tamil Nadu 34

Uttar Pradesh 27

Bihar 7

2 Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand

1 Haryana, Odisha, Telangana


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