NEW DELHI: The Center will launch a national portal to register migrant workers such as cleaners, security guards, construction workers and needy people living in cities that do not have ration cards, in the purpose of providing them with highly subsidized food grains as part of the national diet. security regime. The portal could go live in the coming days, sources said.
According to the authorities, more than one crore of these people can be placed under the food safety net, given that currently around 79.7 crore of beneficiaries are receiving the subsidized food grains under the food safety net. National Food Safety Law (NFSA) while under the current program about 81 million people are eligible.
These migrants do not receive ration cards because they do not have proof of residence. Officials said that through online registration and followed by biometric authentication, the Center will notify relevant state governments of the issuance of ration cards to such individuals.
Officials said food grains for these people will be tied to the respective states’ quota.
The TOI on December 26 first reported the Centre’s plan to launch the portal through which NGOs and other civil society organizations could meet the need to register. Union Food Secretary, Sudhanshu Pandey had said that making ration cards is a very difficult process and it is impossible for these most vulnerable sections to get them despite the fact that they should be the first to get this right.
Once these people are on the beneficiary list, they can obtain subsidized food grains at a location of their choice, as is the case with ration cards under the NFSA programme.