Delhi, AP, Haryana and Uttarakhand launch Food Security Scheme
The State Governments of Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana and Uttarakhand have launched the Centre sponsored Food Security Scheme.
The food security scheme aims at ensuring the poor to get essential food commodities such as wheat and rice at affordable prices including Rice at 3 Rs/kg, Wheat at 2 Rs/kg and Coarse grain at 1 Rs/kg.
States and their objectives under the scheme:
- The food security scheme would come into force from September 1, 2013 and will initially cover 32.27 lakh people which is about 20 % of Delhi’s population. This population currently gets wheat, rice and sugar at subsidised rates through the Public Distribution System (PDS).
- The beneficiaries include people getting ration through PDS under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana, BPL, Jhuggi Ration Card (JRC) and Resettlement Colonies Ration Cards (RCRC) schemes. About 5.22 lakh beneficiary families are being given special cards.
- Eldest woman in every eligible household will be treated as the head of the family for entitlements.
- The scheme will include homeless people, daily wage-earners, rag-pickers as well as people living in resettlement colonies and slum clusters in the first phase of the implementation of the scheme.
- No income tax payers, vehicle and house owners will be included in the scheme in the first phase.
- During the first phase the scheme will cover Antoyoda Anna Yojana families and all BPL families. The scheme would be implemented from September 1, 2013 throughout the State after scrutiny of initial list of beneficiaries.
- The Antoyada families will get 35 kilogram wheat whereas BPL families will get 5 kg wheat per member of the family at nominal price of 2 Rs/kg. The wheat would be distributed through 9174 fair price shops already operational in the State.
- The scheme will benefit 126.49 Lakh people of the State. In rural areas 90 lakh 28 thousand people will be benefited whereas in urban areas the number of beneficiaries will be 36 lakh 21 thousand.
- The scheme will cover 66.3% of rural and 51.55% of urban population in the State.
- Food security scheme covers 62% of population in the State.
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