Be extra careful on distribution of NFSA card, Naveen tells DMs

Bhubaneswar: Expressing serious concern over alleged irregularities in ration card distribution under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday asked district collectors to keep a hawk eye on the process.

Raising the ration card issue during a review meeting of various schemes with collectors via video conference, Patnaik ordered the DMs to look after the rights of poor. Any such irregularities cannot be tolerated, the CM told the collectors asking them to complete the distribution of cards by December 31.

“The distribution of crads has been delayed a little in 10 districts. The CM today emphasized on the inclusion of deserving people who have been deprived of the programme and rectification of any errors in the list,” Food minister Sanjay Dasburma, who was present in the meeting, said.

This apart, it has been decided in the meeting that 58 ‘Aahar’ centres would be opened in 50 civic bodies of different districts by end of February, 2016.

“The chief minister had earlier directed extension of the ‘Aahar’ scheme to all urban bodies. Accordingly, we are taking steps to complete the process by February,” Urban development minister Puspendra Singh Deo said.

The meeting was attended by Urban Development minister Puspendra Singhdeo, Panchayatiraj minister Arun Sahoo and Food minister Sanjay Dasburma along with chief secretary AP Padhi.