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Haryana in overdrive to provide dal-roti to ‘voters’

The Haryana Government is on an overdrive to provide dal-roti to nearly 50 per cent of the population under the food security scheme.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Chandigarh |
Updated: April 9, 2014 5:36:01 pm

The Haryana Government is on an overdrive to provide dal-roti to nearly 50 per cent of the population under the food security scheme. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s decision to add dal (pulses) as part of the rations to be distributed under the scheme will cost the ex-chequer Rs 200 to Rs 250 crore. Taking a cue from Parkash Singh Badal’s atta dal scheme in Punjab,Hooda has decided to add dal to the food security scheme which will be launched on August 20. The government’s haste to implement the scheme is linked to the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections due next year.

The Haryana Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Chaudhery is currently in Delhi to get final details of the beneficiaries. Speaking to The Indian Express from New Delhi,he said the state was determined to implement the scheme but a lot of work needs before the scheme is launched as most of the data on the beneficiaries has to come from the Union government.

“The scheme will cover 51.6 per cent of the population. Hence,it is a tall order. We have no problem implementing it for the Anntodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) and Below Poverty Line (BPL) beneficiaries as their lists are ready. The real challenge is to ascertain the remaining beneficiaries which will be done with the help of the Union ministry of rural development’s database,” said Chaudhery.

When asked about the additional funds required to provide dal,Chaudhery said,“We will bear the expenses of the dal ; funds will not be a problem.”

Meanwhile,the food and supplies department is busy making arrangements for the launch of the scheme. Dhanpat Singh,Secretary,Food and Supplies is hopeful the department will be fully equipped before the launch date. “We shall bear the additional cost of the dal which will be distributed to beneficiaries at Rs 20 per kg.” Singh said 51.9 per cent of the beneficiaries are in the urban areas and 51.56 in rural areas.

However,there is no denying the fact that the government showed haste in announcing the scheme. The Chief Parliamentary Secretary,food and supplies department,Anita Yadav,is hardly aware of the provisions of the scheme.

“I have come to know from newspaper reports that the chief minister has announced this as Rahulji has passed strict orders to implement the scheme,” she said. She did not even attend the meeting where the decision to implement the Act was taken.

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