Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the second phase of distribution of ration cards for the beneficiaries under National Food Security Act (NFSA) at Baripada on Thursday.
In the second phase, digitised ration cards will be distributed to 52,88,681 families in the remaining 16 districts and 2,01,79,605 beneficiaries will be benefitted under the scheme.
The 16 districts are Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Puri, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Nabarangpur, Balasore, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Rayagada and Sundergarh.
Meanwhile, uncertainty looms over the supply of food grains at discounted rates from November 1 to NFSA beneficiaries of 14 districts which were included in the first phase of the scheme as ration cards are yet to be distributed in some part of these districts.
In the first phase, the state government had added 14 districts such as Kandhamal, Angul, Sonepur, Bolangir, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Gajapati, Koraput, Boudh and Deogarh under the scheme.
Notably, 93.35 lakh beneficiaries of 26.33 lakh families have been brought under NFSA in the first phase.