Bhubaneswar, December 11: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed to extend distribution of additional 5 kg rice per head, free of cost to beneficiaries of the State Food Security Scheme for four months, said an official release.
As per the directive, each beneficiary of the State Food Security Scheme will get an additional 5 Kgs of rice from the allotment month of December 2021 to March 2022, in view of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation, according to a CMO statement.
As many as 2, 88, 528 families comprising of 9, 15, 532 members covered under the State Food Security Scheme, will be benefited, it said.
For this purpose, 4,578 Tonnes of rice will be supplied per month totalling 18,310.640 tonnes of rice from the State pool with an expenditure of Rs 68.13 crore from the State’s own fund.
This will facilitate beneficiaries enrolled in the State Food Security Scheme to remain at par with beneficiaries under National Food Security Act.