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Food Security Scheme: Indian govt set to meet obligations

Jul 09, 2013

India’s national capital, Delhi, is all set to become the first state in the country to roll out the food security scheme.

The Indian government has said that it is fully prepared to meet obligations under food security ordinance, and called on states to complete identification of beneficiaries within six months.

Under the Food Security Bill, wheat will be distributed for two rupees per kilogram and rice at three rupees per kilogram to the poor and needy. Seventy five per cent of the population will be covered from the rural areas and fifty per cent from the urban areas.

Sudhir Kumar, Secretary Food and Public Distribution, said the states have been asked to go about the identification of beneficiaries in a transparent manner. He said, the states have also been asked to improve on the public distribution system for successful implementation of the food security law.

Participating in the discussion, Member of National Advisory Council N C Saxena said there is enough food grain production in the country to meet the demands. Saxena also asked the States to do away with private dealership and dual pricing system.

Delhi is all set to become the first state in the country to roll out the food security scheme. Delhi Government has decided to launch the ambitious food scheme on the 20th of next month, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Talking to AIR, Delhi Food and Supply Minister Harun Yusuf said that State Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit met the Union Food Minister K.V Thomas in the national capital yesterday and conveyed her decision to launch the scheme. Yusuf said that his government has begun the ground work for implementation of the scheme.

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