Food Security For Poor


Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 2 October launched the State Food Security Scheme (SFSS) to cover the poor and needy people ‘Left Out’ from the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Mr.Patnaik launched SFSS  through video conferencing and interacted with the people in four districts – Balangir, Balasore, Sundergarh and Mayurbhanj.
In other places Ministers, MPs and Lawmakers started the program, which will benefit 25 Lakh people.
Chief Secretary A P Padhi, APC G K Dhal, ACS Home Asit Tripathy and other senior officials were present.
Vir Vikram Yadav, Secretary Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare gave out details.
Chief Minister said "In 2008, the State Government had introduced Rs 2 a kg rice for the poor people and again in 2013, the price was reduced to Re 1 a kg.”
“Before the 2014 elections, we had promised to introduce state's own food security scheme. Today on Gandhi Jayanti Day, we have kept our promise and I am happy that 25 lakh poor people will get rice at the rate of Re 1 a kg," Mr.Patnaik.
Mr.Patnaik said when the NFSA was implemented in the state in 2014, many people had been denied of the benefit.
 "I had urged the Union Government many times to cover the left out people. But they did not respond. Today, I am happy as the state's own food security scheme is launched," Mr.Patnaik said.
The beneficiaries of the SFSS will also get cheap rice at the cost of Re 1 as availed by the people covered under the NFSA.
Each poor man will get 5 kg of rice per month as per the provision of the National Food Security Act, 2013.
Of the state's 4,19,74,218 population as per the 2011 census, 3,26,41,800 people (about 78 per cent) have been availing the benefits of NFSA.
The State Food Security Scheme will now include additional 25 lakh beneficiaries.
As per the provisions of the SFSS, 25 lakh poor people ‘Left Out’ from the benefits of the NFSA, will get the cheap rice.
During his interaction with beneficiaries through video conferencing, Patnaik said, "It is your money. There will be no dearth of funds for the poor people in the state."
Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surjya Narayan  Patro said, "There is no limit on the number of beneficiaries. The state scheme will cover all the poor people."
Rs 442 crore is required per annum for implementation of the SFSS. The state exchequer will bear additional Rs 221 crore from October, 2018 to March, 2019 for implementation of the program, official sources said.
Distribution of rice to selected beneficiaries will be carried out through e-Point of sale (e-PoS) device at the Fair Price Shops.


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