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New atta-dal scheme to benefit 31-lakh families in state: Kairon

The minister for food and civil supply, Punjab, Adesh Partap Singh Kairon said under the new atta-dal scheme, 31.5 lakh blue-card holders below poverty line (BPL) families would get wheat and pulses at subsidised rate of `1 and `20 per kilo, respectively.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 27, 2014 11:40 IST
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The minister for food and civil supply, Punjab, Adesh Partap Singh Kairon said under the new atta-dal scheme, 31.5 lakh blue-card holders below poverty line (BPL) families would get wheat and pulses at subsidised rate of `1 and `20 per kilo, respectively.

Launching the scheme for SAS Nagar district from Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial, Chappar Chiri, the minister said, `1 crore 45 lakh members of these families would be directly benefitted from the scheme.

Addressing the gathering, Kairon said Shiromani Akali Dal- Bharatiya Janta Party (SAD-BJP) government was the first government in the country to start this ambitious project for the poor.

He added, "Earlier, 18 lakh families were covered under the scheme and `4 per kilo wheat and `20 per kilo pulses were distributed to them, but now, the ambit of this scheme has been extended by including around 13.5 lakh new families. They have been provided wheat at a much cheaper price.

As many as 98,000 families of SAS Nagar district would be covered under the new scheme."

This scheme would be implemented in a transparent manner with the cooperation of people, the leader said, adding that, to implement it efficiently, suggestions from the public would also be invited.

"From now onwards, no beneficiary would be harassed to avail the benefit because subsidised food grains would be distributed twice a year in the month of June and December in their villages," he said, and later distributed wheat and pulses to beneficiaries.