Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launches State Food Security Scheme

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched Odishas Own Food Security scheme on Gandhi Jayanti to cover 25 lakh people left out of National Food Security Act 2013. The beneficiaries will get five kg of rice per person, per month at a rate of ₹ 1 per kg. The pioneering #NaveenFoodSecurity will benefit lakhs of vulnerable people currently out of ambit of National Food Security Act. The state government will spend ₹443.5 crore per annum to support the scheme and ₹221.75 crore in current financial year.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launches State Food Security Scheme after interacting with people of 4 districts via video conferencing from state Secretariate. CM Patnaik spoke to the people of Bangamunda Block in Balangir district, Jaleswar Block in Balasore district, Rairangpur Block in Sundergarh district and Khunta Block in Mayurbhanj district.

Over 25 lakh poor and eligible people left out under National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) will receive their quota of 5 kg of rice at the rate of Rupee 1 per kg from tomorrow . The state government will bear Rs 443.5 crore per annum for the scheme. Patnaik said that those eligible beneficiaries who have been left out from the National Food Security Act would be covered under the State Food Security Scheme (SFSS). Distribution of rice to the selected beneficiaries would be carried out through an e-Point of sale (e-PoS) device at the designated fair price shops.