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Odisha CM writes to PM requesting to enhance NFSA beneficiaries

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Bhubaneswar, May 24, 2018: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking inclusion of additional 34.44 lakh beneficiaries under National Food Security Act (NFSA) to ensure coverage of all eligible persons in the State.

The CM said Under National Food Security Act (NFSA)-2013, Odisha was given a target of 3.26 crore beneficiaries amounting to 78 per cent of 2011 Census population of 4.19 crore.

“Odisha has achieved the NFSA target and all beneficiaries being provided rations regularly. The population of the State in 2018 has grown by 10.22 per cent as compared to 2011, making the total population into 4.62 crore,” said Patnaik.

“If we extrapolate this data, then in 2018 the population of Odisha has increased by 10.22% as compared to 2011. It is estimated that the total population of Odisha in 2018 would be 4,62,63,983.  Allowing the same percentage of coverage as was decided when the Act came into force, then we are entitled to cover 3,60,85,907 beneficiaries under the NFS Act,” the CM said.

“It is requested that additional 34.44 lakh beneficiaries may be sanctioned for the State of Odisha to ensure food security to all eligible persons to serve the objective of the Act. Besides, I would also suggest that a mechanism may be put in place wherein the target is modified at regular intervals to increase the coverage of the beneficiaries in accordance with the increase in population,” urged Patnaik.

He proposed implementation of a mechanism for modification of targets on regular intervals to increase coverage of beneficiaries in accordance with increasing population.

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