If a proposal of the state Food and Civil Supplies department is cleared by the Finance department, for the first time,73 lakh people in the capital will get subsidised sugar.
Earlier, only those falling under the BPL category and Antyodaya Anna Yojana used to get sugar at subsidised rates.
“For the first time, sugar has been included as part of ration for all those who will be covered by the food security scheme. Under the proposal, each beneficiary will get 400 gm of sugar per month. A family of five will get 2 kg per month,” an official said.
The subsidised rate of sugar is Rs 13.50 per kg. The Delhi government procures it at Rs 33.50 per kg (the Centre pays Rs 18.50, the beneficiary pays Rs 13.50 and the state government Rs 1.50).
If the Finance department approves the proposal, it is likely to be implemented after May 16, when the results of the Lok Sabha polls will be announced.
But, stepping up its attack on the government’s food security scheme, Delhi BJP chief Harsh Vardhan alleged widespread corruption in providing cheaper ration and demanded raids on vegetable and fruit markets.
“The 15 years of Congress rule in Delhi was exposed when, on the orders of the Lt-Governor, 19 teams conducted surprise checks in 26 ration shops. During the searches, 13 shops were found to be closed. The ration meant for these shops were being sold at other places in the open market. In five shops, no information was shown about the stock,” Harsh Vardhan said.
“There are 2,400 ration shops in Delhi. The BJP has time and again alleged black-marketing of ration. The Lt-Governor should issue orders to check all the vegetable and fruit mandis,” he said.