Naveen writes Letter to PM on ‘Annapurna’ Scheme

KalingaTV News Network

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting issuance of instructions to the concerned Union Ministries for early release of food grains and funds to Odisha under ‘Annapurna’ scheme.

In his letter, Patnaik said, “Under ‘Annapurna’ scheme 10 Kg of rice is provided free of cost to those senior citizens who, though eligible, but have not been covered under the National Old Age Pension Scheme.”

“It is a matter of concern that for the year 2016-17 and 2017-18 no allocation of food grains has been received by the state from the Department of Food & Public Distribution. Further, No funds have been received from the Ministry of Rural Development for the year 2027-18,” he added seeking the Prime Minister to allocate of food grains and funds to the state at the earliest.

Currently, Odisha is covering as many as 68,000 old people under ‘Annapurna’ scheme.

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