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Pulses off the list of dal-roti scheme, 'for now'

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  PANIPAT, August 20, 2013
First Published: 20:44 IST(20/8/2013) | Last Updated: 20:45 IST(20/8/2013)

The beneficiaries of below poverty line (BPL) families under the much-hyped dal-roti scheme that was launched by Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here on Tuesday will not be able to savour subsidised pulses.


The Punjab and Haryana high court has stayed the state government to procure pulses from the open market. "Once the court settles the case of procurement, beneficiaries will be allotted their share of pulses together," Hooda told the media after the launch of the scheme.

He said one of the traders who had lost the bid to procure pulses had approached the court. The CM, however, clarified that the stay order was only on the procurement of pulses and not on the scheme.

Hooda said that under the national food policy, the beneficiaries were to be given wheat, sugar, rice and coarse grains only but Haryana had added pulses to ensure better nutrition to the poor.

"The Congress reiterates its commitment to uplift the poor. Today (Tuesday), being the 69th birth anniversary of late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, is the apt occasion to launch a welfare programme such as this," he said.

With the scheme's implementation, the number of rural beneficiaries has increased from 38 lakh to 90.28 lakh and urban beneficiaries from 15.81 lakh to 36.21 lakh. Hooda said that soon the state would have a food commission to ensure effective implementation of the scheme that would cover almost 50% of the state's population.

The authorities concerned have started consumers' helpline numbers 1800-180-2087 and 1800-102-3405 where people can lodge complaints.

"While we will ensure that not a single eligible person is deprived of foodgrains, there will be a strict check on the unscrupulous elements trying to get benefits meant for the poor," Hooda said.

Deputy commissioners, who are also the district grievances redressal officers, have been given the task of monitoring the smooth implementation of the scheme.
The CM said the state food and supplies department had made arrangements to procure quality foodgrains and other items under the scheme.


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