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Delhi cabinet defers decision on Food Security Scheme

Following last minute queries from the Union food and public distribution ministry, the Delhi government on Monday postponed the decision on Food Security Scheme. Delhi food and civil supply minister Haroon Yusuf said, ‘The issue of implementation of Food Security Scheme was informally discussed in the cabinet meeting. The matter will be discussed in the upcoming cabinet meeting on Friday.’

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit had met Union food minister KV Thomas last week and intimated him about the foodgrain requirement for the scheme. ‘Around 47 per cent of the population of Delhi will be eligible to avail the benefits under this scheme.

It is going to be launched on a very large scale so we cannot implement it in a hurry. The officials are collecting data and we have prepared a roadmap for implementation of the scheme,’
Yusuf added.

‘Delhi has around 32.5 lakh households which are covered under various welfare schemes. The biggest hurdle is to draw the line between the existing schemes and the new Bill to make sure that the benefits reach the needy families,’ a senior officer said.

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