Bhubaneswar: The State Government has covered 77 per cent of people under the National Food Security Act to provide them Rs 1-a-kg rice and wheat.
Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surjya Narayan Patro informed this in the State Assembly in response to a question of BJP MLA Dilip Ray.
It was revealed from the information that while the Union Government is supplying rice at Rs 3 per kg and wheat at Rs 2 per kg, the State Government given the two items to ration card holders at Rs 1 only.
As many as 86,32,884 families comprising 3,23,68,936 people have been covered under the NFSA till now. The coverage so far achieved is 99.02 per cent of the target set by the Centre, the Minister said. As per the 2011 Census, the State had a population of 4,19,74,218. Hence the number of people included in the NFSA accounts for 77 per cent.
As of now, a total of 6,80,853 ration cards have been cancelled in the State. Under these cards, 24,60,495 people were taking Rs 1-a-kg rice. Each person is given 5 kg rice/wheat per month under the NFSA and each family included under the Antodaya Yojana is given Rs 35 kg rice per month, the Minister said.