Delhi Becomes First State to Announce Food Security Programme

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The Delhi government has become the first in India to announce that it would launch the food security  programme, as cleared by the Union Cabinet in the form of  an ordinance last week.

The state government would launch the programme on August 20, birth anniversary of the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Officials said the union territory was working to prepare all its machinery to implement the various provisions of the National Food Security Ordinance for which the department of food has started amending rules and guidelines.

Chief Minister also met Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia to discuss the Bill. After Delhi, Karnataka is expected to be next to implement the ordinance.

The Union Cabinet last week resorted to the ordinance route to introduce food security for 67 per cent of population in the country.

The ordinance will cover up to 75 per cent of the rural population and up to 50 per cent of the urban population to give them uniform entitlement of 5 kg food grains per month at highly subsidized prices of Rs. 3, Rs. 2, Rs 1 per kg. for rice, wheat, coarse grains respectively . Overall, it will entitle about two thirds of India’s 1.2 billion population to subsidised foodgrains under the targeted public distribution system.

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