Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 12:
Ruling BJD’s trump card scheme ‘Re One a kilo rice’ which had proved to be the vote catcher in the elections for the party, not doing all that well in 28 districts out of the 30 in the state is certainly a fact that’s going to give sleepless nights to the ruling party in Odisha.
Only two districts of Bargarh and Dhenkanal have achieved cent per cent success in distribution of ‘Re One a kilo rice’ to beneficiaries in the current calendar year, while remaining 28 districts have failed. The matter came to light after a review of 11 fortnightly distributions undertaken till Thursday in the districts.
Strictures have been issued to collectors of 13 districts in which on more than six occasions lifting of rice from the department’s godowns and off-take from fair price shops for the scheme had failed out of the total 11 number of lifting sessions following revelation at the review.
The tribal dominated districts of Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar are in the top among the districts which have failed.
Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare commissioner cum secretary Madhusudan Padhi Thursday wrote letters to collectors of Bhadrak, Balangir, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Mayurbhanj, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Sonepur, Baleswar, Cuttack, Gajapati, Khordha and Puri where the lifting and off-take has failed on more than six occasions.
As per practice apart from lifting of 80% of the rice to be distributed in a district and 50% off-take on 4th of every month and during the second phase allocation on 19th of the month there should be cent per cent achievement in both. As most of the districts are failing in achieving their targets, beneficiaries are deprived their quota of ‘Re One a kilo rice’.
Padhi in his letter to collectors has said while Bhadrak, Balangir, Nayagarh and Boudh have failed to achieve both their lifting and off-take targets despite repeated strictures, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar have completely failed.
While on the lifting count Mayurbhanj has failed on eight occasions Keonjhar has failed on nine occasions.
On the off-take count Mayurbhanj has failed on ten occasions while Keonjhar has failed on nine occasions.
The secretary in his letter has asked collectors of 13 districts for regular review on fortnightly basis and lift allocated quantity of rice. The other 15 districts have failed between one to five occasions.
“Re One a kilo rice is a top priority programme of the state government and its being reviewed on a monthly basis by the Chief Minister. Keeping in mind its importance district collectors need to pay special attention towards it,” Padhi wrote in his letter addressed to the collectors.