Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote to Union Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan over delay in release of food subsidy by Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD).
“This year, we have already procured more than 40,00,000 MT of paddy and more than Rs 6,000 crore has already been transferred to the accounts of farmers. Due to procurement of such huge quantity, the Odisha State Civil Supplies Corporation is almost on the verge of reaching is cash limit,” said Patnaik.
However, it is a matter of corncern that the subsidy bills amounting 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, said Patnaik.
“Such a huge pendency is causing shortage of funds at OSCSC, which may become a major road block for ensuring timely payment to the farmers,” said Patnaik.