The wait is finally over. The Orissa government on Saturday, launched a food scheme, which will provide 25 kg rice in a month to all BPL (Below Poverty Line) families at a subsidised rate of Rs. 2 per kg. In addition, all APL families in the KBK (Koraput, Bolangir and Kalahandi) districts will be entitled to get the benefits of that scheme. The scheme was launched by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a grand ceremony.
CM Naveen Patnaik said that state government decided to provide Rs. 2 per kg rice to poor families in order to save them from the impact of price rise. He also blamed the UPA government at the centre for the high inflation and price rise. While the Chief Minister launched the rice scheme in Bhubnaeswar, ruling BJD-BJP minister launched the scheme in other districts of the state.
The state government's newly-launched rice scheme will benefit at least 5.7 million people in the BPL category and 500,000 people in the APL category in KBK districts. The subsidised rice will be given on the 5th, 6th and 7th of every month and again on 20th, 21st and 22nd of the month.