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Bhubaneswar: As many as 77 percent of the people of Odisha are beneficiaries of the Re 1 per kg rice scheme of the state government, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surjya Narayan Patro informed the state Assembly while replying to a question by Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray on Wednesday.
According to the information given by the Minister informed the House that the Central government provides rice at Rs 3 per kg and wheat at Rs 2 per kg under the National Food Security Yojana (NFSY) while the Odisha government provides the food materials only at Re 1 per kg.
As per the 2011 Census data, Odisha had a population of 4, 19, 74,218 of whom 3, 23, 68,936 people of 86, 32,884 families, who constitute 77 percent of the entire population, have been included in the Re 1 per kg rice scheme launched by the Odisha government’, added the Minister.
The Minister further said that 6, 80,853 ration cards, which provided the benefits of the Re 1 per kg rice scheme to 24, 60,495 people, have been cancelled in the state till date.