Odisha government launched own food security scheme
Odisha government launched its own food security schemeon the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the scheme at four different districtsthrough video conferencing from the State Secretariat, Bhubaneswar. This scheme will benefit 25 lakh people who were left out of the National Food Security Act(NFSA).
The beneficiaries will get 5 kg of rice per person per month at the rate of Rs.1 per kg. The State government will spend Rs.443.5 crore per annum to support the scheme and Rs. 221.75 crore in the current financial year. This move is after the refusal of the Centre to its request to add additional beneficiaries under the NFSA.