Bhubaneswar: Claiming that Odisha has successfully implemented the NFSA and performed well on most of the parameters, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to add 34.44 lakh more beneficiaries of the State under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
In a letter to Modi, Patnaik said that for the implementation of the NFSA 2013, Odisha was given a target of 3,26,41,800 beneficiaries, which was 78% of the 2011 Census population of 4,19,74,218.
According to 2011 Census data, the rate of growth of population of Odisha was 14% in the last decade.
“If we extrapolate this data, then in 2018 the population of Odisha has increased by 10.22% as compared to 2011. It is estimated that the total population of Odisha in 2018 would be 4,62,63,983. Allowing the same percentage of coverage as was decided when the Act came into force, then we are entitled to cover 3,60,85,907 beneficiaries under the NFS Act,” the CM said.
“It is requested that additional 34.44 lakh beneficiaries may be sanctioned for the State of Odisha to ensure food security to all eligible persons to serve the objective of the Act. Besides, I would also suggest that a mechanism may be put in place wherein the target is modified at regular intervals to increase the coverage of the beneficiaries in accordance with the increase in population,” urged Patnaik.