Bhubaneswar: May 24: Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to sanction additional 34.44 lakh beneficiaries for the State of Odisha to ensure food security to all eligible persons to serve the objective of the Act.
Writing a letter, Odisha CM said, ‘For implementation of the National Food Security Act,2013, Odisha was given a target of 3,26,41,800 beneficiaries, which was 78% of the 2011 Census population of 4,19,74,218. We have successfully implemented the Programme and are providing ration to the beneficiaries regularly. Besides, Odisha has performed well on most of the parameters.’
Further justifying the demand, CM said, ‘According to 2011 Census data, the rate of growth of population of Odisha was 14% in the last decade. If we extrapolate this data, then in 2018 the population of Odisha has increased by 10.22% 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’.