Odisha state government launches own food security scheme


  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the state's own food security scheme to benefit 25 lakh people who have been left out from the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
  • Patnaik launched the food security scheme after interacting with people of four districts through video conferencing from the state Secretariat.
  • The scheme will benefit the vulnerable populace who have been excluded from the NFSA.
  • the beneficiaries will get five kg of rice per person per month at a rate of Rs 1 per kg.
  • The state government will spend Rs 443.5 crore per annum to support the scheme and Rs 221.75 crore in the current financial year.
  • The UPA had started the food security scheme and ensured subsidised rice to different states at Rs 3-4 only.
  • The state government is making tall claims about its own food security scheme.
  • All these moves are part of vote-bank politics.
  • The state government did not follow transparency in selecting the beneficiaries in the scheme.
  • The increase of 34 lakh poor people in 19 years shows the failure of the Naveen Patnaik government in the state.