Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday kickstarted the distribution of subsidised food grains under the food security scheme to women from identified beneficiary families in several areas.
The scheme was launched in Delhi by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on August 20. The ambitious programme by the UPA government was started in three Congress-ruled states - Delhi, Haryana and Uttarakhand. But Delhi government officials said the Capital has become the first state to implement the scheme by distribution of wheat and rice at subsidised rates.
Under the scheme, Delhi government will provide wheat and rice at Rs 2 and Rs 3 per kg respectively to 73.5 lakh poor. In the first phase, 32 lakh beneficiaries will get food grains at cheaper rates.
According to officials, the chief minister distributed the food grains to the beneficiaries at Lakshmi Bai Nagar, South Kidwai Nagar, Krishna Menon Marg and Copernicus Marg in central Delhi. All these areas fall under the New Delhi assembly constituency, which the CM represents in the Delhi assembly.
“My government is committed to cover all 73 lakh persons under the food security programme by January next year. The scheme will go a long way in overcoming hunger and alleviation of poverty across the country,” Dikshit said, addressing a gathering at Lakshmi Bai Nagar.