Odisha Govt to appoint Food Commissioner for NFSA

Bhubaneswar, May 27: The Odisha government will appoint a State food commissioner under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) to implement and execute it in the state.

This was decided at a review meeting presided over by the chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the state secretariat yesterday.

Along with a state food commissioner, the District Grievance Redressal Officer (DGRO) in the rank of Additional District Magistrate (ADM) will be appointed in district level for implementation of the Act.

Reviewing the meeting on the implementation of the Act, Patnaik directed the officials to gear up the process of beneficiary identification. He also asked to ensure eligible beneficiaries get all the benefits under the Act striking out others from the list.

The Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare department was asked to prepare a concrete plan action within a week after taking suggestions from the district collectors and inputs from other states for implementation of the Act.

The meeting revealed that the registration and digitisation of the beneficiaries in the areas of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar block have been completed on a pilot basis. Around 1,5,36,640 crore applications have been received so far during the roll-out phase, and digitization of 96,86,440 applications have been completed till May 25.

The government has laid emphasis of the proper verification of the applications to identify the true beneficiaries.

Notably, the Centre has asked to implement the Act from Oct 1 after finishing all the works by Sep 30.

Patnaik also asked the officials to make the new grievance redressal cell and the rational card management system more organised and people oriented.

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