Bhubaneswar, Feb 8 (LocalWire) Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday wrote to the Centre over delay in releasing food subsidy.
In a letter to Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Patnaik said: “It is a matter of concern that the subsidy bills amounting to Rs. 3654.41 crore (which includes the advance subsidy bills up to March 2019) relating to the State of Odisha are pending with the DFPD (Department of Food and Public Distribution).”
“Such a huge pendency is causing shortage of funds at OSCSC (Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd), which may become a major road block for ensuring timely payment to the farmers,” he said.
Patnaik sought immediate release of the funds for protecting the interest of farmers.
The Odisha CM further said the OSCSC, a public PSU, has already procured more than 40,00,000 MT of paddy and over Rs. 6000.00 crore has already been transferred to the accounts of farmers.
“Due to procurement of such huge quantity, the OSCSC is almost on the verge of reaching its cash credit limit,” said Patnaik.
“In order to ensure that adequate funds are available with the OSCSC for payment to the farmers, it is necessary that food subsidy is regularly released by DFPD to the Government of Odisha,” he said.