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Dikshit govt to launch food security scheme on 20 Aug

Delhi has become the first state in the country to announce that it will launch food security scheme, as cleared by the union cabinet in the form of an ordinance last week.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday  met union food minister K V Thomas in this regard.

Officials said Dikshit also met planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia to discuss the bill's fine prints. A high level meeting will be held on Tuesday in this regard and Dikshit sought some clarifications on the number of beneficiaries and prices of food grains. Dikshit said that the ambitious programme will be launched on 20 August, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Officials at the Chief Minister’s office said that the state is working to prepare all its machinery to implement the various provisions of the National Food Security Ordinance for which the department of food has also started amending rules and guidelines.  The ordinance will cover up to 75% of the rural population and up to 5% of the urban population to give them uniform entitlement of 5 kg grains per month at subsidised prices.
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