New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the West Bengal government to implement one nation-one ration card immediately without any excuse saying that the state can’t give excuses as the scheme is meant for migrant workers at this time of coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. Also Read - Mamata Moves Calcutta HC Challenging Nandigram Poll Loss Against Suvendu, Hearing Tomorrow
“You cannot cite one or the other problem. This is for migrant workers,” the Supreme Court said in its order to the West Bengal government. Also Read - Haryana Lockdown: State Govt Announces Rs 5,000 Relief Package For Workers, Shopkeepers
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Moreover, the apex court also reserved its order on the case relating to problems faced by migrants during lockdown and on registration process of unorganised workers so that they can avail the welfare benefits given under various government schemes.
Part of the scheme, the beneficiaries of Centre’s public distribution system (PDS) will be able to draw ration from any biometric verification-enabled fair price shop across states and UTs. This national scheme has faced opposition from some states, including West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh.
Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that subsidised food items such as rice and pulses will be available to migrant labourers and unorganised sector labourers, even if they do not have a ration card, till May 2021.