The Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) gets Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, 2020 for the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme


The Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) received the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, 2020 for its scheme ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ (ONORC). Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi conferred the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration on the occasion of 15th Civil Services Day in New Delhi on 21.04.2022. The award was presented under the category Innovation (General)-Central.


The landmark plan of ONORC is a countrywide innovation that allows all NFSA beneficiaries, particularly migrant beneficiaries, to claim either full or part foodgrains from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) of choice in the country through existing ration card with biometric/Aadhaar authentication in a seamless manner. The system also allows their family members back home, if any, to claim the balance of foodgrains on same the ration card.





(Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey (2nd from left), Joint Secretary S. Jagannathan (centre), and other officials of the Department of Food and Public Distribution, with the PM Award Trophy and Scroll-  2020.)


The Department is also collaborating with other Ministries/Departments i.e. National Health Authority (NHA), Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MoHUA), Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE), and Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare (DoAFW), etc. to leverage the large volume of the ONORC database for deepening the outreach of citizen-centric government schemes across the country.


The ONORC which was started initially in 4 States in August 2019 was swiftly rolled out in a very short span of time in 32 States/UTs by December 2020. Since then, progressively in a phase-wise manner, the ONROC plan is presently enabled in 35 States/UTs up to Feb 2022 seamlessly covering nearly 77 Crore beneficiaries (almost 96.8% of NFSA population) in the country.


ONORC has made food subsidies portable to NFSA beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly migrants, which allowed them to avail the benefit of subsidised foodgrains with flexibility from any of the nearly 5 lakh Fair Price Shops in the country during the lockdown period. Since the inception of the ONORC plan in August 2019, so far more than 65 Crore portability transactions have been recorded in the States/UTs, delivering nearly 121 LMT foodgrains through both inter-State and intra-State portability transactions equivalent to about Rs. 36,000 Crore in food subsidy. As a key indicator, presently a monthly average of about 2.7 Crore portability transactions (including regular NFSA and PM-GKAY foodgrain transactions) are being recorded in the States/UTs under ONORC. A high volume of about 58 Crore portability transactions has been done by the beneficiaries during the COVID-19 period (from April 2020 till date).


A specially customized Android Mobile App on ONORC is also available in 13 languages and has been downloaded nearly 20 lakh times. Besides, a 5-digit ‘14445’ toll-free number for migrant NFSA beneficiaries is also available in most States/UTs under ONORC.


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Canada – Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces provide update on culture change efforts and military justice system reform

On March 30, 2022, the Vice Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Frances Allen, and Acting Judge Advocate General, Colonel Robin Holman, provided an update on military justice reform efforts underway at the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

March 31, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of National Defence

On March 30, 2022, the Vice Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Frances Allen, and Acting Judge Advocate General, Colonel Robin Holman, provided an update on military justice reform efforts underway at the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). 

This builds on the culture change briefing that Chief, Professional Conduct and Culture (CPCC), Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan, and the Acting Chief of Military Personnel (CMP), Major-General Lise Bourgon provided last week, and the supports to survivors briefing that was provided in December by Lt.-Gen. Carignan and Dr. Denise Preston, Executive Director of the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre. 

These briefings are in line with the Government’s ongoing commitment to providing regular updates to Canadians on the efforts underway to address conduct and culture change. The Pathways to Progress web tracker outlines key efforts planned or underway in the near term to effect conduct and culture change.

During the update, the DND and the CAF confirmed that the approvals necessary to begin the implementation roll-out of critical Bill C-77 components, which will be known as Victims’ Rights and Summary Hearing Implementation, were received last week. Steps towards implementation for June 20, 2022 were outlined. The regulations and policies developed to support the implementation and operationalization of the Declaration of Victims’ Rights were heavily informed by the many consultations undertaken with members of It’s Not Just 20K (previously known as It’s Not Just 700), the Ontario Office for Victims of Crimes, and current and former individual Defence Team members. 

Also highlighted was the stand-up of the External Comprehensive Reviews Implementation Committee (ECRIC) to effectively coordinate and oversee the complex work required to implement many varied and often overlapping recommendations received from independent reviews, studies and reports. 

Col. Holman provided an update on the work underway to implement the interim recommendations made in October 2021 by the former Justice Louise Arbour. The final report of the independent review led by Madame Arbour is expected this spring. Col. Holman also highlighted work on a number of other initiatives in progress to support military justice reform. 

At last week’s update, Lt.-Gen. Carignan highlighted the conclusion of the Conduct and Culture Consultation, which included 279 sessions, totalling over 435 hours, and attracted nearly 9,000 participants. These consultations have helped to define the culture needed as a healthy and respectful workplace where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Lt.-Gen. Carignan also confirmed that a report will be shared in the coming months on what was heard during the consultation process and it will be key in how DND and the CAF develop a culture change strategy. 

Lt.-Gen. Carignan also spoke to initiatives underway to promote diversity and inclusion in the Defence Team, particularly inclusive leadership and performance measurement. She confirmed that work is underway to incorporate inclusiveness into performance-management processes for all military members and public service employees in 2022-2023. 

Maj.-Gen. Bourgon highlighted multiple initiatives within the CMP and Military Personnel Command having a positive impact on the lives of military members and the overall DND workplace, including: changes to education and training, recruitment efforts, retention, gender inclusive ranks, and the integration of inclusiveness into general/flag officer selection processes. More information on these initiatives can be found here: Spotlight on culture change initiatives for military personnel – Canada.ca

The DND and the CAF are committed to ensuring positive and enduring cultural change. This is critical to supporting Defence Team members and to achieving operational success in support of Canada and Canadians.

“I am deeply committed to leading meaningful progress, and I know that up and down the ranks of our institution, there are people stepping up to lead deep and transformational culture change. Together, we are working to create an institutional culture that enables every member of our team to reach their full potential in an environment where they feel safe, protected, and respected.”

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

“By making substantive, fundamental changes to the military’s culture and its justice system — and by doing it right — we will build the foundation necessary to succeed in creating a new and more positive space for our people.”

Lieutenant-General Frances Allen, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff

Daniel Minden

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of National Defence

Phone: 613-996-3100

Daniel.Minden@forces.gc.ca

Media Relations

Department of National Defence

Phone: 613-996-2353

Toll-Free: 1-866-377-0811

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Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare issues instructions laying down procedure and time-line for change of option by the pensioners/family pensioners for availing OPD facility under CGHS or Fixed Medical Allowance


As per the existing instructions, pensioners/family pensioners residing in an area not covered by CGHS have the option to avail Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) of Rs. 1000/- per month in lieu of OPD facility under CGHS. The pensioners/family pensioners can change the option from FMA to OPD facility under CGHS or vice versa once during their life time. Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, GoI, has now issued instructions laying down the procedure and time-line for change of option by the pensioners/family pensioners for availing OPD facility under CGHS or Fixed Medical Allowance.


As per these instructions, if a pensioner/family pensioner in receipt of FMA, intends to avail the OPD facility under CGHS, he/she may apply to the concerned pension disbursing bank for discontinuation of FMA. The pension disbursing bank shall discontinue the payment of FMA and issue a certificate to this effect within three working days from the date of receipt of application. Thereafter, the pensioner can apply to the concerned CGHS authorities for issue of CGHS card after paying requisite CGHS contributions, if not already paid and the CGHS authorities will, issue a provisional CGHS card to the pensioner/family pensioner within four working days from the date of completion of all formalities and deposit of contributions by the pensioner/family pensioner, till issue of a regular CGHS Card.




If a pensioner/family pensioner, who is availing CGHS/medical facility for both IPD and OPD, intends to avail FMA while residing in a non-CGHS area or on shifting of residence from a CGHS area to a non-CGHS area, he can  apply to the CGHS authorities for  surrender of OPD facility under CGHS. The CGHS authorities will make necessary endorsement on the CGHS card and issue a certificate within four working days from the date of receipt of application, that the pensioner/family pensioner is not availing OPD facility. Thereafter, the pensioner/family pensioner can submit an application to the Head of Office along with  a copy of the surrender certificate for issue of a revised pension payment authority for payment of FMA. The revised Pension Payment Authority will be issued within two months from the date of submission of application by the pensioner/family pensioner. The payment of FMA in such cases will be made from the date of issue of the surrender certificate by the CGHS authorities.


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Hong Kong – Home Affairs Department launches Home Support Supplies Delivery Service (with photos)

Home Affairs Department launches Home Support Supplies Delivery Service (with photos)

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     The Home Affairs Department (HAD) launched the Home Support Supplies Delivery Service on March 12 to provide home delivery service for persons pending admission to hospitals or community isolation facilities (hereinafter as “persons pending admission”) who need to stay at home, but cannot make their own arrangements for daily necessities and food.



     At present, if home environment allows, persons pending admission should stay at home and make their own arrangements for basic daily necessities and food as far as possible, such as by friends and relatives or ordering online/through telephone.  If they cannot make their own arrangements for daily necessities on their own, they can seek assistance by calling HAD’s hotline 1833 019. The HAD will refer these cases to the Social Welfare Department for follow-up.



     In order to streamline the procedures for the delivery of basic daily necessities and food to persons pending admission, the HAD will gradually launch the Home Support Supplies Delivery Service starting from March 12, through expansion of the supplies delivery teams, by engaging district organisations, delivery service contractors, teams formed by civil servants, and volunteer teams among others, with a view to expediting the delivery of basic necessities and food to those in need.  



     The HAD civil service team delivered basic necessities and food to the persons pending admission in Wong Tai Sin, Yau Tsim Mong, Kowloon City and the Southern Districts on March 12. The HAD Team leader said, “The HAD started the Home Delivery Service today. It is very meaningful to participate in providing this service. We hope to be able to help more people in need.”



     The HAD reminded persons pending admission should, as far as possible, make their own arrangements for basic daily necessities and food by their relatives and friends or ordering online/through telephone.  The HAD will assess and provide help to the persons pending admission according to their actual needs. The HAD appeals for the full support of members of the public such that persons who have genuine needs will receive support as soon as possible.

Canada – Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces Announce Total Health and Wellness Strategy

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are jointly committed to the health and wellness of every Defence Team member.

March 04, 2022 – Ottawa, ON – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are jointly committed to the health and wellness of every Defence Team member.                       

Today, DND and the CAF released the Defence Team Total Health and Wellness Strategy. This comprehensive strategy focuses on improving the wellness of the Defence Team for a strengthened workforce, best able to meet the varied challenges of both professional and personal life.

It brings together and builds upon existing strategies, programs, and services that have established the foundation for a holistic approach to health and wellness for all Defence Team members.

Through this strategy, DND and the CAF is investing over $950 million in new and existing health and wellness programs and services benefitting all Defence Team members.

This new strategy is aligned with the Government of Canada’s support for the health and wellness of the Defence Team through its Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, and includes the important work being done to address sexual misconduct, systemic racism, harassment and discrimination, as well as efforts to support diversity and inclusion. This includes the creation of the Chief, Professional Conduct and Culture (CPCC) organization to lead cultural transformation, and ensure that our behaviours reflect the very best parts of our organization, and Canadian society.

In collaboration with the CPCC, the Anti-Racism Secretariat will play an important role in fostering a Defence Team environment anchored in equity, dignity and respect for all members across DND/CAF.

The Total Health and Wellness Strategy establishes the foundation for a more holistic approach to health and wellness that considers factors both inside and outside of the workplace that affect the well-being of the Defence Team. It is designed to empower the institution, leaders and Defence Team members with the tools they need to improve their health and well-being.

Within the strategy, a Total Health and Wellness Monitoring Office has been established to ensure ongoing program monitoring of the Total Health and Wellness Strategy action plans, and the application of lessons-learned and evidence-based decision making. This approach will facilitate continuous improvements to enable a healthy and resilient Defence Team.          

“It is an important day for the Defence Team as we announce the publication of the Defence Team Total Health and Wellness Strategy. This strategy reinforces our commitment to health and wellness through continued investment in related strategies, programs and services for the entire Defence Team, including our retiring and ill or injured members. The health and wellness of all Defence Team members and their families, is, without a doubt, my top priority.“

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

“Enhancing our health and wellness services are crucial to the health and operational effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces. We have a duty to ensure our personnel remain mentally and physically fit, ready to meet the demands of our contemporary operational environment and the challenges of our military lifestyle. This important strategy builds on our efforts to ensure military and non-military members of the Defence Team are cared for and supported as they under take their most important task defending Canada and Canadians.”

General Wayne Eyre, Chief of the Defence Staff