People having BPL Card as per 1997 survey still considered as BPL Family , says Govt. of Odisha
While implementing National Food Security Act, Govt. of Odisha identified beneficiaries termed as priority household eligible to get foodgrains under TPDS and Antodaya Anna Yojana and distributed new Ration Card to them. Presently 3.25 crore people have been covered under NFSA and availing ration at subsidised price.
The common people are under impression that old BPL cards which is being commonly used to get foodgrains is replaced by new Ration Card. Now the BPL cards are outdated and irrelevant. The Govt. officials are seen asking the people to return the BPL card, as the new Ration Cards are given to them. It deserves to be mentioned here that BPL cards are not only used to get only ration but also getting a lot of benefits like IAY, medical treatment free of cost. Now the question comes who the people are considered as BPL in Odisha.
To remove confusion and establish clarity on this issue , RTI was filed to the PIO, Dept. of Panchayat Raj Department, Govt. of Odisha seeking information about status of BPL in Odisha and number of BPL people still in Odisha. On 28.10.17, the PIO has given the following reply.
1. 1997 BPL survey identifying as BPL family still stands today.
2. Total no. of BPL families in Odisha is 44,93,410
3. Percentage of BPL family is 66.23.
4. BPL card issued as per 1997 survey is still relevant to get all types of benefit free of cost or subsidised rate.
5. Boudh has highest BPL families with concentration of 80.20% followed by Deogarh ( 78.79%), Phulbani ( 78.42%).
a. The people having BPL card should preserve it to get benefit from Government.
b. Misconception is removed and BPL card is still relevant for the poor and needy.