Congress-ruled Delhi where Assembly polls are due by year-end is all set to become the first state in the country to roll out the food security scheme.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said that the programme will be launched on August 20, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Reports had it that several states including, Congress-ruled Karnataka, BJP-led Chhattigarh and SP-ruled Uttar Pradesh and JD(U)-run Bihar could see early roll out of the programme.
Billed as the world’s largest social welfare programme, the Government had last week decided to issue ordinance to give nation’s two-third population the right to get 5 kg of foodgrains every month at highly subsidised rates of Rs. 1-3 per kg.