Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Urges Centre To Release Rs 3654.41 Cr Pending Food Subsidy Bills. On this regard CM Naveen Patnaik writes to Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan.
“It is a matter of concern that the subsidy bills amounting to Rs.3654.41 crore (which includes the advance subsidy bills up to March 2019) relating to Odisha are pending with DFPD. Such a huge pendency is causing a shortage of funds at OSCSC, which may become a major roadblock for ensuring timely payment to the farmers,” the Odisha CM said, in the letter.
The letter further mentioned that Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporations Ltd. (OSCSC) has been undertaking procurement of paddy on behalf of the State Government. The funds for the entire procurement operations are borrowed by OSCSC from banks. Due to an effective and transparent system put in place by Odisha Government, namely, Paddy Procurement Automation System (P-PAS), the quantum of paddy procurement has grown manifold and the cost of paddy is being directly transferred to the accounts of farmers. Last year, about Rs.7600 crore was transferred to the accounts of farmers.