Bhubaneswar:2/10/18:OdishaChief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik has launched Odishas Own Food Security scheme on Gandh iJayanti 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 Naveen FoodSecurity 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.
After launching the flagship scheme, the CM in a video message said, “I am very happy to launch the scheme today. There will be no shortage of funds in serving the poor people. This money belongs to Odisha people and will be spent for them. Not a single poor person will be allowed to deprive of food security rights.”
“Sufficient and nutritious food is a basic need and prerequisite for a healthy Odisha and part of our resolve to eradicate hunger in Odisha,” he added.
“In 2014, when the national food security scheme was implemented in the state, many eligible beneficiaries were left out. I racked up the issue with the Centre on several occasions. I am very happy that we have kept our promise. Over 25 lakh poor and eligible people will be benefited from the scheme,” the CM said.
Under the scheme, beneficiaries who were left out of the National Food Security Scheme will receive their quota of 5 kg of rice at the rate of Rs 1 per kg from tomorrow.
The state food security scheme will cover particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTG), widows and single women without regular support, differently-abled persons (40% or above disability), dependent on daily wage labourers, person with leprosy, HIV or other critical ailment, destitute living on alms, internally displaced persons, persons over 60 years of age, transgenders and shelterless.