NEW DELHI: After completing the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ mandatory reform to qualify for the additional fundraiser, nine states have secured Rs 23,500 crore through market loans.
Those who are eligible for additional credit after completing public distribution system reforms are Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tripura and UP. 5,000 crore through UP’s biggest beneficiary and lender window, then Karnataka can raise Rs 4,500 crore. To be eligible for additional credit, the Center expects the states to complete the proposed reforms by the end of December, and most states will follow suit.
Implementation of the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ is one of the areas identified for reforms to qualify for additional market borrowing of 2% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2020-21, and others related to steps to facilitate business improvement, urban local agency / utility improvements and power sector improvements. These were flagged by the Finance Commission.
After a nationwide lockdown of large numbers of migrants from large urban centers to homes in UP and other states, the center decided to prioritize the ration card portability scheme.


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