SC asks Centre to consider adopting ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme during the lockdown

During the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown period, The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to consider the feasibility of ‘temporarily’ adopting the ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme to enable the migrant workers and economically weaker sections (EWS) get subsidized foodgrain. This scheme is scheduled to launch in June.

A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B R Gavai, in an order passed on Monday, asked the centre that is it possible to take this scheme into consideration during this period and take appropriate decision in this regard keeping in view the present circumstance. The apex court disposed of a plea recorded by advocate Deepak Kansal, who looked for the starting of the scheme, to serve vagrant workers, recipients and residents of different states abandoned in better places because of them across the nation lockdown.

The plea states that to protect and safeguard the right of citizens, Labourers, tourists etc to get their entitlement of subsidized foodgrain and benefits of government scheme during this lockdown. The people who are not from their local territory should by the way of writ of mandamus to the concerned authorities temporarily adopt One Nation One Ration Card Policy.