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Tripura to offer ration card portability

By The Assam Tribune

AGARTALA, Dec 8 - Tripura has become the first State in the Northeast and third in the country after Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where ration card portability network has been operationalised, Secretary of the Tripura Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department Debashish Basu said.

�Of total 1810 Fair Price Shops (FPS) in Tripura, in 27 FPSs located in mountainous, remote and border areas, the portability networks could not be introduced due to unavailability of telephone connectivity. However, under the Public Distribution System, we are providing five commodities to the people manually or through off-line system in these 27 FPSs,� Basu said.

There are 10,072 ration card holders comprising 46,185 people under 27 FPSs. He said that to maintain the portability networks and to carry on PDS, in some of the FPSs, services of Jio, RailTel are being utilised as the networks of State-owned BSNL are not available in those areas.

Another senior official of Tripura�s Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department said that of the 27 ration shops, there are 10 FPSs covering 15,000 people located along the India-Bangladesh borders. BSNL official said that the Indian government is yet to decide on the improvement of telephone networks along the international border of the northeastern States due to security reasons.

�If the telephone networks specially the mobile connectivity along the bordering areas of northeastern States improve, then it (system) would be used and misused by the terrorists and criminals,� the BSNL official said.

Basu said that so far 15 States and Union Territories in the country have introduced the online ration card portability system. By January, all States and Union Territories are expected to introduce the intra-State portability to form the first national grid for the �One Nation, One Ration Card� scheme.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre is trying to rollout �One Nation One Ration Card� scheme by June 2020, but several challenges remain for complete ration card portability across the country. � IANS

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Tripura to offer ration card portability

AGARTALA, Dec 8 - Tripura has become the first State in the Northeast and third in the country after Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where ration card portability network has been operationalised, Secretary of the Tripura Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department Debashish Basu said.

�Of total 1810 Fair Price Shops (FPS) in Tripura, in 27 FPSs located in mountainous, remote and border areas, the portability networks could not be introduced due to unavailability of telephone connectivity. However, under the Public Distribution System, we are providing five commodities to the people manually or through off-line system in these 27 FPSs,� Basu said.

There are 10,072 ration card holders comprising 46,185 people under 27 FPSs. He said that to maintain the portability networks and to carry on PDS, in some of the FPSs, services of Jio, RailTel are being utilised as the networks of State-owned BSNL are not available in those areas.

Another senior official of Tripura�s Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department said that of the 27 ration shops, there are 10 FPSs covering 15,000 people located along the India-Bangladesh borders. BSNL official said that the Indian government is yet to decide on the improvement of telephone networks along the international border of the northeastern States due to security reasons.

�If the telephone networks specially the mobile connectivity along the bordering areas of northeastern States improve, then it (system) would be used and misused by the terrorists and criminals,� the BSNL official said.

Basu said that so far 15 States and Union Territories in the country have introduced the online ration card portability system. By January, all States and Union Territories are expected to introduce the intra-State portability to form the first national grid for the �One Nation, One Ration Card� scheme.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre is trying to rollout �One Nation One Ration Card� scheme by June 2020, but several challenges remain for complete ration card portability across the country. � IANS