The Naveen Patnaik government plans to cover the entire state under National Food Security Act by July next year. Having already decided on the eight exclusion criteria for identification of beneficiaries, the state government now plans to implement it in 3 phases, with the final phase covering 275 of the 314 blocks by July 1 next year.
The first phase would start by January 1 next year.
Beggars, destitute, pension holder widows, particularly vulnerable tribal groups and persons having disabilities of 40 per cent or above, rag-pickers, domestic workers, street vendors, construction workers, home-based workers and rickshaw pullers would be the beneficiaries.
At the 5th meeting of the state task force on NFS Act held last week, IBM made a presentation on the methodology for identification of beneficiary under the NFSA. But before adopting the methodology, the performance of integrated database for Khurda district would be observed.
Officials said the government would first notify the exclusion criteria and seek application from existing ration card holders . “Once the beneficiary database is ready, the same would be seeded to the Aadhaar database. The final list would be web-hosted and the beneficiaries would be given a laminated bar-coded ration card,” officials said.