Execute ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme, Supreme Court tells Bengal

“You cannot cite one problem or other. This is for migrant workers”

June 11, 2021 08:50 pm | Updated 09:11 pm IST - NEW DELHI

The Supreme Court on Friday insisted that West Bengal government must implement the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme for the benefit of migrant workers.

The scheme gives migrants access to food grains in any fair price shop anywhere in the country, no matter where their ration card is registered.

“You must implement the One Nation One Ration Card scheme,” Justice M.R. Shah, accompanying Justice Ashok Bhushan on a Special Bench, told West Bengal, represented by advocate Liz Mathew.

Ms. Mathew said the State would definitely implement the scheme, but was facing issues regarding the Aadhaar card seeding.

“You cannot cite one problem or other. This is for migrant workers, so they can avail welfare benefits under various government schemes,” Justice Shah said.

The exchange happened during a suo motu hearing on welfare measures for migrant labourers, especially during the hard times brought by the pandemic.

The court is monitoring the steps taken by the Centre to take care of the basic needs of migrant families, including free food grains and community kitchens.

The court reserved the case for judgment.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.