State

New Ration Cards to be distributed from Sept 1 Next Year

Bhubaneswar, Dec 18: The new ration cards under the Food Security Act would be implemented in Odisha from September 1, 2015. The state Food Supply and Consumer Welfare department would distribute the new ration cards to the consumers from July 25 to August 15 through gram sabhas and other special programmes.

The Food Supply and Consumer Welfare secretary Madhusudan Padhi said that the consumers will get the new ration cards at Rs 10. The information has been circulated to all the district collectors to ensure timely distribution of ration cards as per the Central guidelines on Food Security Act.

The collectors have been informed about the change in the earlier decision of the state government on the three-phase identification of beneficiaries.

"As per the revised decision, distribution of ration cards would begin in the state after the process of identification of beneficiaries in Bhubaneswar block and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is completed", he informed.

He said that 30 districts have been divided into 10 units. Each unit will have three districts with average population of 41 lakh. The selection of beneficiaries would begin from January next year.

The applications will be received from the eligible families and those will be verified by Gram Rojgar Sevaks, Supply assistants as well as teachers who have retired four years ago. The collectors have been asked to complete this process by December 25.  

He said that the list of beneficiaries would be published between March 10 and May 15 in all districts while the verification would be held between March 16 and May 31. The beneficiary list would be verified at the gram sabha and ward sabha by June 5 while the final list of beneficiaries and their Aadhaar card numbers would be uploaded on the website by June end.

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