Odisha to implement NFSA from Nov 1

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government will implement National Food Security Act in the State from 1st November instead of its earlier deadline October 1.

Officials said, in the first phase, ten districts would be covered under the Act. Meanwhile the State government has deleted names of at least 50 lakh ineligible beneficiaries from the list of people to benefit from the National Food Security Act.

Informing this Food supplies and consumer welfare secretary Madhusudan Padhi said a total of 70 lakh ineligible beneficiaries are to be put out of the beneficiary list.

The Act, which was to be implemented in the state by September end, however, faced difficulties due to registration of excess number of beneficiaries.

While the Centre has allowed the state to provide benefits of the Act to 3.26 crore of people of the state’s total population of 4.21 crore, many more people had got their names registered.

Padhi said he was in touch with the collectors of all the 30 districts to ensure that no ineligible person was included in the list of beneficiaries.

On the other hand such delay in implementation has drawn the ire of opposition parties. State government will keep on shifting the implementation deadline, said Opposition leader Narsingh Mishra.

BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma alleged that Some members of ruling BJD are trying to enroll persons illegally resulting in delay.