The state Odisha to introduce Food Security Act soon: CM,Naveen Patnaik

Highlights: 

  • According to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik,the Odisha Food Security Act will be introduced soon to cover about 3.26 crore people in the state.
  • The new Act would ensure equitable distribution of food grains to all with focus on tribals, slum dwellers and other vulnerable sections of the society, he told the Agriculture and Food Security session.
  • Indicators reflecting the socio economic conditions of a family would be introduced to make the coverage inclusive and holistic, he said adding nearly 72 lakh ration cards would be distributed to the surveyed families.
  • Digitisation of ration cards would also be undertaken to stop pilferage and ensure complete transparency in the distribution of entitlements to deserving families
  • To achieve this objective, Rs 5000 crore will be spent each year on major, medium and small irrigation projects, deep bore wells, mega lift irrigation projects and restoration of the defunct lift irrigation points.