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Delhi cabinet may pass food security scheme implementation today

Racing to ensure that Delhi becomes the first state to implement the Congress party supremo Sonia Gandhi’s highly ambitious food security scheme, Delhi cabinet is likely to approve on Monday the implementation of the scheme from 1 September.

The scheme will be launched by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on 20 August and all eligible states will avail of the scheme from September.
The cabinet note prepared by the food and civil supplies department, states that phase-1 would cover 32.37 lakh persons or 5,21,737 families below poverty line (BPL). At present, there are 1,03421 families under the  Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), while 2,62,743 families are BPL cardholders.

About 1,15,867 families are resettlement colony ration cardholders (RCRC), while 40,506 families have jhuggi ration cards. Sources said above poverty line (APL) families with stamped ration cards will continue getting ration as per existing norms and rates.

But later on, in accordance with ordinance provisions their cards will be reviewed in Phase-11. The overnment will also give preference to residents of slums, resettlement colonies, residents of notified rural villages,  the homeless, families with disabled people, single women living as dependents or recognised as heads of household etc.

Delhi government has constituted a task force comprising two members of Parliament (MPs), east Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit and west Delhi MP Mahabal Mishra, three members of assembly, former Delhi assembly speaker Subhas Chopra, Congress legislative party's chief whip Kanwar Karan Singh and Delhi Wakf Board chairman Mateen Ahmad to formulate a road map for immediate implementation of food security scheme in the national capital.

Under the National Food Security Act, 2013 the centre has decided to provide rice at the rate of Rs three per kg, wheat at Rs two per kg and millets at Rs one per kg to the people below poverty line.
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