The Punjab minister for food and civil supply Adesh Partap Singh Kairon cited the central government’s reduction in the supply of Kerosene oil as reason for its non-supply to villages in the state, while launching the improvised Atta-Dal scheme on Tuesday. The central government slashed 67% of Punjab’s regular supply of Kerosene which resulted in the shortage, Kairon said while relaunching the ration scheme at Allahdadpur, Baina Buland and Dargehri villages of the district.
According to the new version of the scheme, the minister said, wheat would be provided for ‘1 per kilo in June and December, while pulses would be given for ‘ 20 per kilo once in three months.
The earlier cap of 20kg wheat per family, irrespective of the number of members in the family, had also been done away with. Now, 5kg wheat would be given to each member without any restriction on the number of members. He also said that the department would directly supply the subsidised ration to the beneficiaries.
Claiming that the sheme would benefit 1.42 crore people in the state, he added that a seven-member committee including three women, a Dalit and a person from the BC community would be set up.
The duties of the committee would include monitoring the supply and suggesting addition or deletion of names from the list.
Families with annual income below ` 60,000 or with two-and-a-half acre of land or 10 marla house or lesser would be eligible for this scheme said the minister.
He also said that almost 70,000 families had been benefitting from the scheme and distributed wheat and pulses to 343 families at the launch.
Balwinder Singh, of Aladadpur village, said that they got their share of wheat and pulses from the previous scheme only two days ago, after six months. The villagers were buying wheat every week for the past six months, while waiting for subsidized supplies, he claimed.
Saying that the state government reduced the supply of Kerosene to two litres from five litres, Singh claimed that the villagers had not got it in a year.
Surjeet Singh of Baina Buland village highlighted the immediacy of their Kerosene requirement and said the villagers could not afford LPG gas connection.