One Nation-One Ration Card Scheme Launched In Odisha
Providing a boost to the Food Security System in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday launched the ‘One Nation-One Ration Card’ (ONORC) program. Under this program, the National Food Security Act beneficiaries from other States can avail ration in Odisha through 10,578 shops.
Commenting on the development, Patnaik said, “Living with dignity is everyone’s right and no one can deprive the poor of this right. The state government is trying to ensure their rights through its various schemes and will continue to work for the welfare of the poor.”
The CM also launched a scheme under the public distribution system (PDS) that will involve the distribution of fortified rice as a pilot project in the Malkangiri district.
This scheme is expected to provide 3,200 metric tonnes of vitamin-rich rice per month to over 5 lakh PDS beneficiaries in Malkangiri.
“Fortified rice which contained vitamin B-12 and folic acid would be helpful to protect the health of the poor, especially of women and girls,” said Patnaik.
He added that Food Security is the biggest social welfare programme of the state government, under which around 3.5 crore people belonging to 93 lakh families benefit.
“The state government is providing rice at ₹ 2 per Kg since 2008 and ₹ 1 per kg from 2013 to the beneficiaries. I have always said that our aim is to ensure that the poor are not deprived of food security,” said the CM.