Rayagada: In a bid to strengthen
the public distribution system (PDS), the Orissa government
today introduced multi model bio-metric ration card in
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,"
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
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.