Delhi government extends free food grains scheme for the needy
In a huge relief to the residents of the national capital, the Delhi government on Wednesday decided to continue providing free food grains to underprivileged residents of Delhi.
The Delhi government has extended its free food grains ration scheme till September 30, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
The proposal was approved unanimously during a meeting of the Delhi cabinet.
The Delhi government has been supplying food grains for free to almost 7.3 million citizens since April 2020.
Kejriwal vouched for the extension of the scheme, citing backbreaking inflation and loss of livelihood in the pandemic.
At the Delhi cabinet meeting, the Food and Civil Supplies department proposed the extension of the supply of free food grains for National Food Security Act beneficiaries for another four months, from June to September 2022.
Kejriwal said, “The Delhi government has been providing free ration to the people for the last couple of years. The government offers food grains at a nominal rate from ration shops. However, for the last few years, we’ve been giving that for free too. We have extended this scheme till 30th September and will continue supplying ... for the coming months too.”
NFSA beneficiaries include migrant workers, unorganised workers, construction workers, domestic helpers and those who do not have ration cards. Under the government’s scheme, 5kg of food grains are provided free of cost to the needy as per the eligibility prescribed under the NFS Act 2013. This includes 4kg of wheat and 1kg of rice per person per month.
Delhi has 72,77,995 beneficiaries under National Food Security Act, 2013.
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