3.5 cr people to benefit as Odisha’s Food dept goes online

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched online service for about 3.5 crore people who avail different services of the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department. From registration of farmers for paddy procurement to ration cards for the public distribution system, the service will serve about 3.5 crore people, the Chief Minister said.
Stating that the State Government was committed to ensure food security for all, Naveen said Odisha has covered about 25 lakh people under its own food security scheme as those people were not benefited by the Centre’s National Food Security Act. Food security has been ensured for more than 3.5 crore people in the State, he said.
As per the new provision, application for ration card, registration of farmers for sale of paddy, deposit of dealer’s licence fees and deposit of cost of food grains by fair price shops will now be done online and the services can be availed at www.foododisha.in, he said.
Naveen asked the department to create awareness among the beneficiaries of the new facility. He told the department to undertake monthly appraisal on the number of beneficiaries getting services under the new facility.
The Chief Minister also released a book, ‘Making of a Food Secure Odisha’, on the occasion. The book highlights the Government’s efforts to transform Odisha from a State facing food scarcity to a food surplus State.