State Governments of Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana and Uttarakhand on 20 August 2013 launched Centre-Sponsored Food Security Scheme on the occasion of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's 69th birth Anniversary.
The food security scheme aims at ensuring the poor to get essential food commodities such as wheat and rice at affordable prices (Rice at 3 Rs/kg, Wheat at 2 Rs/kg, Coarse grain 1 Rs/kg).
The Food Security Scheme was launched by UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi at Delhi, in the presence of Chief Minister of Delhi Shiela Dikshit.
The food security scheme would come into force from 1 September 2013 and will initially cover 32.27 lakh people - about 20percent of Delhi’s population - which currently gets wheat, rice and sugar at subsidised rates through the Public Distribution System (PDS).
The beneficiaries include people getting ration through PDS under the Antodaya, below poverty line, Jhuggi Ration Card (JRC) and Resettlement Colonies Ration Cards (RCRC) schemes. About 5.22 lakh beneficiary families are being given special cards.
Eldest woman in every eligible household will be treated as the head of the family for entitlements.
The State Government has also decided to include homeless people, daily wage-earners, rag-pickers as well as people living in resettlement colonies and slum clusters in the first phase of the implementation of the scheme. No income tax payers, vehicle and house owners will be included in the scheme in the first phase.
The second and final phase of the scheme will be launched in February 2014.
Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupender Singh Hooda launched the scheme at Panipat, Haryana.
During the first phase, the scheme will cover Antoyoda Anna Yojana families and all BPL families. The scheme would be implemented from 1 September 2013 throughout the State after scrutiny of initial list of beneficiaries.
The Antoyada families will get 35 kilogram wheat whereas BPL families will get 5 kilogram wheat per member of the family at nominal price of 2 rupees per kilogram.The wheat would be distributed through 9174 fair price shops already operational in the State.
The ambitious scheme of Central Governemnt will benefit 126.49 Lakh people of the State. In rural areas 90 lakh 28 thousand people will be benefited whereas in urban areas the number of beneficiaries will be 36 lakh 21 thousand.
Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki launched the programme in Itanagar. The scheme will cover 66.3 percent of rural and 51.55 percent of urban population in the State.
Chief Minister Uttarakhand Vijay Bahuguna launched the scheme at the Nagar Nigam, Town Hall in Dehradun. Food security scheme covers 62 percent of population in the State.
When: 20 August 2013