Odisha: 272 families denied full quota of food rations due to lack of Aadhaar-linking, say activists

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published Published on Oct 31, 2019   modified Modified on Oct 31, 2019

A survey by the Right to Food campaign showed that 17 of these families did not receive any ration at all for the months of September and October.

As many as 272 families in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district did not receive their quota of foodgrains for the months of September and October because of discrepancies in linking their Aadhaar numbers to the public distribution system, the Right to Food campaign has found after conducting a survey in 63 villages.

As of September 16, more than 18.67 lakh people were excluded from the list of beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act in Odisha as they could not link their Aadhaar numbers with their ration cards.

Under the National Food Security Act passed in 2013, the government must provide five kg of a monthly supply of subsidised food grains per person to two-thirds of the country’s population. But reports show that the identification of beneficiaries under this law has had problems, with many poor people not making it to the lists. And even those who were listed as beneficiaries were reportedly being denied rations because of the government’s decision to link the public distribution system to Aadhaar. Many families were struck off the PDS list as non-existent beneficiaries because they had failed to furnish their 12-digit biometrics-based identification numbers.

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