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City govt ‘gears up’ to roll out food security scheme

A day after Sonia Gandhi asked Congress-ruled states to implement the food security scheme, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said her government was ‘gearing up’ to launch it on 20 August, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

After the formal launch of the scheme on 20 August in which security cards will be handed over, the benefits are expected to start percolating down to the poor and needy people with effect from 1 September. Comprehensive arrangements are being made by the government to ensure nothing goes wrong. ‘Our government is gearing up to launch the Food Security Scheme on 20 August. We are working hard to ensure successful implementation of the scheme to ensure a hunger-free Delhi,’ Dikshit said.

The Chief Minister said initially 5.10 lakh families in the city will be provided food grains under the scheme in the first phase and the entitled food grain will be given to the beneficiary families through their senior most female members.

Dikshit has already ordered all concerned agencies and departments to complete the ground work for roll out of the scheme and appointed a committee under chairmanship of food and supply minister Harun Yusuf to oversee the preparations.

The city government would side-by-side include more families under the ambit of food security.
She further stated that the government would distribute Food Security Cards in formal launch function which would help in realising food security guarantee at large.

In the first phase, all the BPL families, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders and Jhuggi Ration Card (JRC) holders and beneficiaries under Antodaya Anna Yojna will be included.

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