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Odisha to open "All Time Grain" for foodgrain distribution

Odisha government will soon have All Time Grain (ATG) dispensing mechanism to offer food grains to beneficiaries under the public distribution system.

The minister said the National Food Security Act and the State Food Security Scheme beneficiaries will be provided with a special card to avail of the service. The state government has been developing a plan in this regard, he said. The 'All-Time-Grain ' kiosks will be opened in different locations in Bhubaneswar city.

In a similar development, the government of Odisha has agreed to give small and marginal farmers interest-free agricultural loans up to Rs 1 lakh. The minister said, earlier, that the same category of farmers was getting interest-free loans up to the extent of  Rs 50,000.

He also said that the government had also decided to charge only 2 percent interest on agricultural loans between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 3 lakh, with up to 32 million small and marginal farmers benefiting from the decision.

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