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Govt set to make city ‘hunger free’

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday said her government has finalised all the nitty gritties to implement the Food Security Scheme, which aims to make the city ‘hunger-free’.
Though the scheme will be formally launched on 20 August, benefits promised under the programme will start percolating from 1 September.

‘The government would ultimately cover 73.5 lakh people, that is 44 per cent of the population of Delhi, under the Food Security,’ Dikshit told reporters. ‘Delhi would become the first state in the country to implement the scheme in true sense because our government is committed to make Delhi a hunger-free state at the earliest,’ she added.

In the first phase, all BPL families, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders and Jhughi Ration Card (JRC) holders and beneficiaries under Antodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) will be included.
The city government has also decided to include homeless people, daily wage-earners, rag-pickers, people living in resettlement colonies and slum clusters in the first phase of implementation of the scheme.

No income tax payers, vehicle and house owners will be included under the scheme in the first phase, officials said, adding the second and final phase of implementation of the scheme will be launched in February next year.
They said the beneficiaries of Annashree Yojana, who are getting a monthly cash subsidy of Rs 600, will not be brought under it.

Under the scheme, three-fourth population of the country will have the right to get 5kg foodgrains every month at highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg.

The per kg price of rice will be Rs 3 while wheat and coarse cereals will be given at Rs 2 and Rs 1 per kg, respectively, under the programme. However, about 2.43 crore of the poorest of the poor families covered under AAY scheme under PDS would continue to get 35 kg of foodgrains per family per month but with legal entitlement.

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