Digital ration cards launched today

Bhubaneswar: Intensifying its move for implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA), the Odisha Government will start distributing digitised ration cards to the beneficiaries tomorrow in Bhubaneswar.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will launch the distribution of cards under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in Chakeisani under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) tomorrow, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Dasburma said.

A record 1.86 lakh beneficiaries will get digitised ration cards in BMC and Bhubaneswar block, Dasburma added.

The process for enrollment of beneficiaries under NFSA in other urban areas and remaining districts will be also begin from tomorrow, he told media persons.

The state government had notified the eight exclusion criteria on July 17 in the NFSA. These include the Income tax payees, persons having vehicles including two wheelers, business with TIN (tax payer identification number), households with electricity consumption of above 300 units per month, state or central government employee, persons having power tillers, fishing boats or other heavy vehicles and professional tax payees. People falling under these categories cannot apply to get benefit under the scheme.