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One Nation One Ration Card trials successful in J&K

One nation one ration card trials were successful in Jammu and Kashmir, where 1.19 lakh duplicate beneficiaries were weeded out, an official spokesman said.
He said Secretary Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, (FCS&CA) Simrandeep Singh, reviewed implementation of One Nation One Ration Card scheme and Aadhar seeding of ration cards in J&K.
Various officers of the FCS&CA Department along with State Project Management Unit (SPMU) under Integrated Management of Public Distribution System (IM-PDS) attended the meeting.
Secretary reviewed the targets that each district is required to meet to successfully roll out the scheme as per the timelines set by the government.
It was informed that the J&K has to achieve 100 per cent Aadhaar seeding of all Ration Cards up to the beneficiary level, for successfully rolling out the scheme.
As on date, Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian, Kishtwar, Pulwama and Ramban have achieved more than 90 percent Aadhar linking of ration cards.
However, Srinagar, Baramulla, Reasi and some districts of Jammu province have low percentage of Aadhar seeding.
The Secretary informed that the department has been working on mission mode on this scheme since last one month.
The current percentage of Aadhaar seeding at Ration Card level is 87 per cent, whereas at beneficiary level the seeding percentage is 71 per cent.
In the last 20 days, the Food & Civil Supplies Department has been able to link Aadhaar of nearly two lakh beneficiaries.
Further, the department has been able to weed out 1.19 lakh duplicate and silent beneficiaries from the electronic portal of the ration cards management system.
It was given out that the duplicity was on account of inter-district and inter-state double beneficiaries.
It is estimated that in next 40 days, the department would end up weeding out an estimated 2.50 lakh duplicate beneficiaries.
It was also informed that electronic Point of Sale (e-POS) devices have to be installed at all Fair Price Shops in the J&K.
It was informed in the meeting that out of 6733 FPSs, the ePoS devices have been installed in 6500 shops.
It is pertinent to mention that One Nation One Ration Card scheme trials were successfully held in Anantnag, Shopian, Baramulla, Budgam, Kupwara, Kulgam, Doda, Samba, Udhampur, Rajouri, Kathua and Jammu districts yesterday and a number of NFSA beneficiaries from the state of Uttar Pradesh were provided ration at all these districts of J&K.
The scheme has to be rolled out in J&K in phased manner from July, 2020 to August, 2020.
The beneficiaries of J&K will also be required to draw their ration only after authentication of their biometrics at the Fair Price Shops, from the month of September, 2020 onwards.
This will lead to disbursement of ration as per actual beneficiaries existing on ground.

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