Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 5:
National Food Security Act (NFSA) will be implemented in 14 districts in Odisha in the first phase from November 1, a top government official said today.
The Odisha government has decided to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 14 districts from November 1.
“The state government has decided to implement NFSA in two phases. The first phase will be rolled out from November 1,” said Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department secretary Madhusudan Padhi here today.
Prior to this, the department has directed the concerned district collectors to provide ration cards to the eligible beneficiaries by October 10. This apart, the authorities has been directed to provide ration cards to the beneficiaries in remaining 16 districts by October 31, Padhi added.
In a written communiqué to these 14 district collectors, the department has asked them to prepare a database of eligible beneficiaries bySeptember 14.
Notably, around 51 lakh beneficiaries have been identified as eligible after weeding out about 73 lakh ineligible applicants. People who did not meet the eligibility criteria had registered their names for availing benefits under the NFSA in the state while the Centre has allowed the state to provide benefits of the NFSA to 3.26 crore people of the state’s total population of 4.21 crore.
The state government has suspended about 60 employees, including 17 in Ganjam district alone, on charges of violation of NFSA norms. About 2.5 lakh employees have so far opted out of the NFSA list, official sources revealed.