Orissa introduces bio-metric ration card on pilot basis
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:55
Rayagada: In a bid to strengthen the public distribution system (PDS), the Orissa government today introduced multi model bio-metric ration card in Rayagada district.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated launching of the new model, developed by United Nation World Food Programme (UNWFP) and implemented by the state's food and civil supplies and consumer welfare department.

More than 2,10,538 families in 11 blocks of the district and 32,373 families in 3 urban areas would be benefited.

"This model is being implemented on pilot basis and likely to be extended to other districts in the state," Patnaik said.

Prior to introduction of this programme, a survey was conducted seven years ago in which the finger print and eye-ball photos of the beneficiary were taken, an official said.

During his visit to this tribal dominated district, the chief minister also laid foundation stone for Ranchi- Vijayawada four-lane highway near Amalavata junction under Chandli police station of the district.

He also distributed jungle pattas to adivasis such as Dangaria Kandha and Lanjia Soura advasis.


First Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:55

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