Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Feb 25:
With an eye on the coming elections, the Odisha government has directed all district Collectors to ensure that all formalities for the extended subsidised rice scheme to cover persons with disability (PwDs) in the state is completed by 31 March so that its implementation can start from April 1.
The scheme envisages distribution of 10 kg of rice a month to everybody with a disability of 60% or more, irrespective of whether s/he belongs to the BPL or APL category, at the rate of Rs one a kg.
“Registration of beneficiaries, whihc means persons with 60% and above disability, should start immediately so that authentication and distribution of cards can be made by 31 March this year positively. Allocation, lifting and issue should definitely start from April first,” said Food Supply and Consumer Welfare secretary Madhusudan Padhi in a letter to the district Collectors directing them to complete the entire process within the stipulated time.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced the extension of the scheme in December last year. Earlier, the benefits under the scheme were available only to persons with 75% disability or more.
To make the scheme operational across the state, the required procedures of identification of beneficiaries, their registration and authentication, generation and distribution of bar code cards are to be undertaken as was followed in the previous case, said Padhi.