Odisha to implement its own food security act from October 2nd

• Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik today announced that the state government would implement its own food security act from October 2 this year.

• Odisha’s own food security act would cover nearly 34.44 lakh people who have been left out from the National Food Security Act.

• Patnaik made this announcement while participating in the ‘Ama Mukhyamantri, Ama Katha’ programme here.

• Patnaik said lakhs of poor were being deprived of benefits under NFSA as the ration was being provided as per the 2011 census.

• From 2011 to 2018, the number of beneficiaries population has increased.

• The chief minister said though he had taken up the matter relating to the left out population several times with the Centre, no step was taken to address this concern.

• In 2011 Census data, the rate of growth of the population of Odisha was 14 percent in the last decade. In 2018, the population of Odisha has increased by 10.22 percent as compared to 2011.

• Patnaik had also requested the Prime Minister to sanction additional food for 34.44 lakh beneficiaries.

• He said in 2014, the ruling BJD had promised to implement state’s own food security scheme. Accordingly, it will launch its own Food Security Act from Gandhi Jayanti.