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
- 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.