Odisha to seek more rice under food security law

Bhubaneswar, Feb 2 (IANS) The Odisha government on Tuesday decided to request the union government to provide more rice allotment instead of wheat under National Food Security Act (NFSA) being implemented in the state.

At a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, it was decided that he will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Food Supplies Minister Ramvilas Paswan in this regard, an official release said.

The state government is distributing 85.82 percent rice and 14.18 percent wheat to the people since November 2015 but the central government is providing the food grain in a proportion of 78.83 percent and 21.17 percent respectively, it added.

Since the people in the state prefer rice than wheat, the state government has to distribute more quantity of rice as the allocated wheat stocks are lying unused.

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