CM asks to prepare error-free list of NFSA beneficiaries

Bhubaneswar: A day after asking ministers and officials to form a committee to expedite the pending rehabilitation appointments, chief minister Naveen Patnaik yesterday directed all district collectors and SPs to prepare an error-free list of beneficiaries of National Food Security Act within a month.

According to sources, the chief minister discussed with all district collectors and SPs across the State through video-conferencing and asked them to include eligible families and exclude the ineligible families from the list as per the guidelines of the Act.

Among others, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister Sanjay Das Burma and chief secretary G.C. Pati were present during the discussion.

Notably, 69 lakh beneficiaries in the State have been identified so far. As per reports, 3.95 crore people of the State have been registered under the Act and out of these 16 lakh registered citizens are under the doubtful list of beneficiaries.

Similarly, 35 lakh families have registered their names in more than one place while 23 lakh persons are yet to submit full information required for registration.

Beneficiaries including women getting widow pensions, tribal and people with weaker economic background in the State will get rice at Rs 3 per kg, wheat at Rs 2 per kg and other food grains at Re 1 per kg once this Act comes into force.

These benefits will be passed on to the eligible beneficiaries through the help of digitised ration cards for which all the required information and the distribution system has to be computerised.