In his letter, Patnaik stated the impact of Covid-19 has not waned away but utterly regardless of a quick-paced vaccination drive undertaken throughout the state as new an infection circumstances proceed to floor.
Also, different financial actions are but to attain the pre-pandemic stage consequently of which individuals nonetheless battle to lead a traditional life with sustainable means of livelihood, he stated.
“Under the prevailing situations, it is felt highly necessary that the government must provide relief to the vulnerable during these critical hours,” Patnaik stated, including, a severe trigger of concern within the ongoing pandemic is the problem of meals safety to the needy and susceptible.
“Since adequate foodgrains are available at present with the government, I would request you to kindly consider extension of additional allocation of rice at least for the next eight months under PMGKAY for distribution among the beneficiaries under National Food Security Act (NFSA) till the pandemic situation improves and complete normalcy is restored in the state,” he urged the Prime Minister.
In the letter, Patnaik additionally thanked Prime Minister Modi for offering seven months of rice free of value beneath the PMGKAY for distribution to NFSA beneficiaries within the state from May 2021 to November 2021 throughout the Covid-19 pandemic interval.
He additional stated that provision of foodgrains free of value to folks at this essential juncture ensured that not a single needy and susceptible individual was disadvantaged of foodgrains throughout the pandemic.
The Chief Minister knowledgeable the Prime Minister that Odisha has prioritised distribution of seven months’ quota of PMGKAY-III foodgrains to the NFSA beneficiaries and accomplished it by November 5. His authorities has additionally prolonged related advantages to all of the beneficiaries of the state’s personal meals safety scheme, added Patnaik.