One Nation One Card Scheme

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  • PM Narendra Modi Monday launched the indigenously-developed National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) to enable people to pay multiple kinds of transport charges, including metro services and toll tax, across the country.


  • Dubbed as ‘One Nation One Card’, the inter-operable transport card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money.
  • This card runs on RuPay card and it will eliminate all your travel related problems. Many a times, it do not have change to pay in cash while travelling in metro, bus or train, or for toll and parking. To overcome this issue, an automatic fare collection system was introduced. Since systems were made by different players, a card issued in one city did not work in another city.
  • Now, the dream of ‘One Nation One Card’ has been realised. People can also withdraw money using this Common Mobility Card.
  • This RuPay card can be used for travelling in metros in any part of the country. In simple terms, RuPay card merged with the mobility card With the advent of this indigenously-developed and one-of-its-kind card, the country is no longer required to be dependent on foreign technology. Now, we have this ‘Made in India’ card. Only a select few countries have this technology of ‘One Nation One Card’.
  • The stored value on card supports offline transaction across all travel needs with minimal financial risk to involved stake-holders. The service area feature of this card supports operator specific applications e.g. monthly passes, season tickets etc.
  • The major challenge associated with the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFC) implementation in the country until now is the lack of indigenous solution provider, it stated. Till now, AFC systems deployed at various Metros are from foreign players. In order to avoid the vendor lock-in and create an inter-operable system, there was a need to develop indigenous standards and AFC system under Make in India initiative. In order to ensure a seamless travel across metros and other transport systems, in addition to retail shopping and purchases, the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) came out with the NCMC program.
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