Odisha Food Security Scheme – The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha Mr. Naveen Patnaik has launched the Odisha Food Security Scheme in the state on 2nd October (Gandhi Jayanti). Under this scheme, thee state government will provide 5 KG Rice at the rate of 1 Rupee per kg to the BPL (Below Poverty Line) families of the state. Apart from this, those families who are deprived of the National Food Security Act 2013 will also get the benefit of this scheme.
Odisha Food Security Scheme
The poor people of Odisha are not able to cover under the National Food Security Act. The Central Government made the act on basis of 2011 census. Thus, a large number of families were exempted. Now, all poor families are being covered in the Odisha State Food Security Scheme.
There are 25 lakh people who were not covered in the National Food Security Act will be covered now. In this scheme, every member of the family will get 5 kg of rice per month for one rupee per kg. For this scheme, the state government will have to bear additional expenditure of Rs 442 crores. From October 18 to March 2019, an expenditure of 221 crores will be incurred on public exchequer.
According to Odisha Food Supply and Consumer Welfare Minister Suryanarayan Patra, the Odisha Food Security Scheme is fully funded by the state government. According to an estimate, 18.20 lakh people of the state are listed in this scheme till September 30, 2018. They will get rice at a rate of Rs 1/kg from Tuesday, October 2. About 6.68 lakh people will be added till 10 October. Thus the number will reach 25 lakh.
The population has increased in the last few years, but the National Food Security Act has considered the 2011 Census as the basis. It includes 3 crore 26 lakh 41 thousand beneficiaries. The population has increased between 2011 and 2018. The Odisha government started the “Cheap Rice Scheme” in the state on October 2, 2008. Under this scheme, the state government was providing rice at the low cost of 2 Rupees per kg to the beneficiaries. Later in 2013, the rate of cheap rice was reduced to 1 Rupee per kg for BP Families.