Stage Set For New Rice

On 2 October, Over 18 Lakhs of poor and eligible people left out under National Food Security Act (NFSA) will receive their quota of 5 KG rice @Rs.1 a KG, thanks to the new State Food Security Scheme (SFSS).

While Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will unveil this new State Scheme, on Gandhi Jayanti, is totally funded by the State Exchequer, said an official of Department of Food, Supply and Consumer Welfare (DoFCW).

Latest Eligible List, which has been updated as on 30 September, reveals that 18.32 Lakh people are listed in the scheme till date and rest 6.68 Lakh will be able to be listed by 10 October, sources in Department of Food Supply and Consumer Welfare (DoFCW) say.

So a total of 25 Lakh beneficiaries of 6.70 Lakh families will be benefitted under the scheme, as announced earlier.

Minister Food Supply and Consumer Welfare, Surjya Narayan Patro reviewed progress recently.

By 30 September, over 73 Percent of the target for SFSS has been achieved and rest will be covered by the Second week of October, officials say.

At least four districts have achieved more than 90 Percent target and those districts are Nuapada, which achieved more than 98 Percent, Balangir has achieved 95.8 Percent of the target and Boudh with 92.7 is Third in the State. And Ganjam has achieved 90 Percent of the target as on 30 September, officials admit.

While Ganjam has topped the list of beneficiaries with over 1.86 Lakh, Balangir is placed at second position with over 96000 beneficiaries will be benefitted on 2 October.

12.69 Lakh applications were received and those were digitized and field verification was made and after that final List was made.

While large number of beneficiaries already reaping benefit under NFSA had applied, those applications were rejected.

In fact those eligible poor were not able to get benefit under NFSA were listed to be provided the food Security, said an official.

With the overdrive by the State Administration, all the District Collectors, Civil Supplies Officers and others worked in tandem as Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi monitored the Flagship Scheme on Food Security.

Mr.Padhi held Video Conference with the District Collectors several times after the State Food Security Scheme was announced by Chief Minister.

Vir Vikram Yadav, Secretary Food Supply and Consumer Welfare was in constant touch with the District Level Officials and Managing Director Odisha Civil Supply Corporation, Saroj Kumar Samal formed a Whatsapp group for updated activities.

Now required additional food grains are in place and distribution will be monitored by the District Collectors and CSOs, said sources.

While entire operations was monitored at the State Level, District and Block Level Officials have played a vital role in achieving such a big target within a short span of time, officials admit.

Way back on 2 October, 2008,State Government startedproviding rice at Rs 2 per kg since 2008.

The success of the program prompted the decision to launch rice at Re 1 per kg for people living below poverty line in 2013. And now an additional 25 Lakh Families will be provided with cheap rice for food security.

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