Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Tuesday that the government is working on the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ policy that will be an extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna and benefit a population of 80 crore people till November.

PM Modi was addressing the nation in a televised 16-minute speech on Unlock 2.0 when he said: “Now a ration card is also being arranged for the whole of India ie one nation, one ration card.”

“The biggest benefit of the One Nation One Ration Card scheme will be to those poor workers who leave their villages and migrate elsewhere for livelihood,” the prime minister added.

With the One Nation One Ration Card scheme, an eligible beneficiary would get free food under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from any Fair Price Shop in the country.

The scheme was initially announced for three months when the country went into complete lockdown for the first time in March. Now, it has been extended to deal with the coronavirus crisis till Diwali, which means the end of November.

Five kgs of wheat or rice and one kg of pulses will be given free to beneficiaries on a per month basis.

According to PM Modi, the government will bear a cost of Rs 90,000 crore to serve the estimated 80 crore people.