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Expedite identification of priority households under NFSA, Odisha govt tells dept

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 25:

Chief secretary GC Pati today asked the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department to expedite the process of identification of priority households in Odisha to be covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Gokul C Pati, Chief Secretary, Odisha
Gokul C Pati, Chief Secretary, Odisha

Briefing newsmen after a high-level review meeting presided over by the chief secretary at the State Secretariat here, secretary, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Madhusudan Padhi said preparations for implementation of the Act in the state in phases by July next year have started.

Identification of households would be done as per the National Population Register (NPR) and socio economic census data, he said.

It may be mentioned that NFSA seeks to address the issue of food security in a life cycle approach and aims at supply of entitled quantity of food grains and meals specified under the scheme.

The scheme envisages uniform entitlement of 5 kg of grains per person per month for priority households while the households under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) will get 35 kg of rice per household per month as before.

The Act provides that the eldest woman of the household will be the head of the household for issue of ration cards provided she is 18 years or above.

There will be a two-tier grievance redressal mechanism at the district and the state level.

Transparency and accountability provisions like placing the PDs records in public domain, social audit and vigilance committees will be put in place.

The scheme is being piloted in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Block in the first phase.

The state government has planned to roll out the scheme in the remaining blocks of Khordha district and all the urban local bodies of the state in the second phase and the remaining 275 blocks of 29 districts in the third phase.

Among others, secretary, Panchayati Raj, Deoranjan Kumar Singh, Khordha collector Niranjan Sahoo and senior officials of the Housing and Urban Development and Civil Supplies departments, and BMC were present at the meeting.