Orissa introduces bio-metric ration card on pilot basis

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.

PTI



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

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