June 28, 2019

While addressing the meeting of state food secretaries, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution announced that the government is moving towards One Nation One Ration Card.


  • The national portability of Ration cards will ensure all beneficiaries especially the migrants in getting access to Public Distribution System (PDS) across the nation from any PDS shop of their own choice.

  • This will provide freedom to the beneficiaries as they will not be tied to any one PDS shop and reduce their dependence on shop owners and curtail instances of corruption.

Present status:

  • Integrated Management of PDS (IMPDS) is a system that is already operational in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Telangana and Tripura wherein a beneficiary can avail his share of food grain from any district in the State.

  • In the recent meeting, other states also assured that IMPDS will be implemented at the earliest.

  • There will also be creation of a Central Repository of all Ration Cards to help national level de-duplication.