The Supreme Court on Friday asked the West Bengal government to implement one nation-one ration card immediately without any excuse. Migrant workers were forced to return to their hometown as lockdown was imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"You can not cite one or the other problem. This is for migrant workers," the apex court said.
The top court reserved its order on the case relating to problems faced by migrants during the lockdown and on the registration process of unorganised workers so that they can avail the welfare benefits given under various government schemes.
Under the scheme, beneficiaries can lift their entitled foodgrains from any ePoS (electronic Point of sale device) enabled Fair Price Shop (FPS) of their choice by using their same/existing ration cards with biometric authentication on the ePoS device at the time of lifting the foodgrains through portability. The beneficiaries can lift 50 percent of their entitlement.
More details are awaited.
First Published: IST