Digital Ration Cards for FSA Beneficiaries

Published: 10th January 2015 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th January 2015 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The  Government on Friday decided to begin identification of beneficiaries for implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) throughout the State from April 28.

The pilot project of identification process started in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar block in September 2014 has been completed. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will hand over the digitised ration cards to beneficiaries in BMC and Bhubaneswar block.

Minister of State for Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Sanjay Dasburma, who reviewed the progress in implementation of the scheme at a meeting, said identification of beneficiaries in rest of the municipalities and blocks will be over by August 15. “Administrative preparations have been initiated to implement NFSA in the entire State in phases after August 15,” he said.

The scheme envisages uniform entitlement of five kg of rice per person per month for priority households. Existing Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) households will get 35 kg of rice per household per month as before.

There will be two-tier grievance redressal mechanism, one at the district and other at the State level. The district grievance redressal officer and State Food Commission will operate at these two levels.

The transparency and accountability provisions like placing records in public domain, social audit and vigilance committees will be put in place.

former minister Pratap Keshari Deb, secretary in the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department Madhusudan Padhi and senior officials also attended.

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