COVID-19: BMC To Start Distribution Of PDS Items From Today


Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) from today onwards will start distributing PDS items at 108 PDS centres including designated schools/colleges over period of 15 days in view of COVID-19 scenario in State.

In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, Odisha government has decided to distribute foodgrains under the Public Distribution System (PDS) to beneficiaries to avoid any scare of a shortage of essential items or rush at fair price shops.

Reports said 4.50 lakh beneficiaries under the State Food Security Scheme will get the items through Public Distribution System for April, May and June 2020.

The government has decided to distribute rice, wheat and kerosene oil for three months (April-June) from April 1 to May 15. The distribution will be done in a staggered manner to avoid the unnecessary rush at PDS counters, the reports said. The beneficiaries will be given 45 days to collect their 3 months’ ration/K. Oil entitlements.

Due to the coronavirus threat, the government has decided not to go in for biometric scanning system either through fingerprint or IRIS scanner for beneficiaries of national/state food security schemes.

The foodgrains will be distributed to the beneficiaries through e-PoS devices but barring bio-metric scanning either through a fingerprint scanner or IRIS scanner attached to the e-PoS.

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