India launches Mera Ration app: Here’s what you need to know

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India on Saturday, March 13, launched the Mera Ration app to help ration-card holders who move from place to place.

The mobile app is part of the Central government’s One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) policy. Users may access it in English or Hindi.

Department of Food & Public Distribution Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey launched it under the ONORC plan on Saturday. The app is under the purview of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution.

What is the Mera Ration app?

Through this app, beneficiaries can identify and locate the nearest fair-price shop from where to get ration.

They can also check details of their foodgrain entitlement, recent transactions and status of their Aadhaar seeding via the app.

According to a ministry document, the app can also help migrant beneficiaries register their migration details.

It also has the option to provide feedback or suggestions about itself and the services it provides.

Mera Ration app

What is ONORC plan?

According to the ministry, ONORC is meant for all National Food Security Act beneficiaries.

It reportedly allows such people — particularly migrant beneficiaries — to claim either full or part foodgrains from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) in the country.

The policy aims to ensure that this happens through existing ration cards in a seamless manner.

Meanwhile, the migrant beneficiaries’ family members, whose names are also on the card, may benefit from the same card.

The ministry claims that this will do away with the need of new ration cards, and the paperwork related with it.

“Beneficiaries authenticate their identity through Aadhaar biometrics and lift their foodgrains with satisfaction,” it said in an official document.

It reportedly began as an inter-state pilot in four states in August 2019, and is available in 32 states and UTs as of December 2020.

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