Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday met Union Food Minister K V Thomas to discuss the Union governments food security scheme. After announcing that Delhi would be the first state to implement the scheme,Dikshit met Thomas to iron out procedural issues before the official rollout of the scheme in Delhi on August 20.
Following the meeting with Thomas,Dikshit said: We are moving forward to launch the food security programme on August 20,so we came to meet the Food Minister for some clarifications. A total of 72 lakh families will be covered under the scheme in Delhi. The food scheme will cover nearly half the citys population of around 1.68 crore,which the Congress hopes to highlight in the run-up to the Assembly elections later this year.
Sources in the Delhi government said Dikshit sought certain clarifications from Thomas to finalise modalities for selecting beneficiaries of the scheme. The government hopes to cover at least 32 lakh people in 5.1 lakh families in the first phase of implementation. The food grains will be given to the beneficiaries through the eldest female member in each family.
Last week,the CM had formed a committee with Delhi Food and Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf as the chairman.