Delhi chief minister Shiela Dikshit was slammed by the opposition on Sunday for her statement that Rs. 600 per month is enough for a family of five to sustain itself.
"In Rs. 600, he would get dal, rice and wheat. A family of five can easily complete their needs," Dikshit said while launching the UPA's new food security scheme Dilli Annashree Yojna.
The scheme was launched by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday.
BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "Hundred years back, people may be able to meet their needs in 600. But, in the present age when you don't even get a single meal in Rs.600, the Congress is insulting the poor by launching such schemes."
Under the scheme, claimed to be the first-of-its-kind in the country, a monthly cash subsidy of Rs. 600 will be transferred directly into the Aadhaar-linked bank accounts of the senior-most women member of the family. Nearly two lakh poor families will be benefited through the scheme. As many as 14,000 beneficiaries were given cash subsidy of Rs. 4,800 as entitlements for the past eight months as the scheme is being implemented with effect from April 1.
With this, Delhi has become the first state to connect Aadhaar numbers with government subsidies for poor.
The Congress at the Centre is already banking on its cash transfer scheme, starting next year in 51 districts across the country, to emerge victorious in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.