11.5 lakh people to get benefited with Food Security Mission
Food Security Mission to be launched from 1st February in the district
Ratnagiri: The much debated, awaited and discussed National Food Security Mission is finally getting launched from 1st February in the district. National Food Security Mission, the brainchild of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, was sanctioned by the union cabinet last year.
The scheme will reach to 11.5 lakh citizens living in the rural as well as city area of the district, district collector Rajiv Jadhav informed.
It is reported that the earlier run schemes such as Antyodaya as well as for citizens dwelling Below Poverty Line (BPL) and having yellow ration cards, will be running simultaneously. These schemes have not been included into the Food Security Scheme and saffron ration card holders will be given the food grain at lower prices as per the Food Security Act.
The beneficiaries of Antyodaya and BPL yellow card holders will get wheat and rice at Rs 2 and Rs 3 per kilo respectively.
The saffron card holders will be included into new scheme. Those saffron ration card holders having annual income less than 44,000 in rural area and Rs 59,000 in urban area, will get benefits under Food Security Mission, Jadhav said.
The official also stated that a mission against the bogus ration card holders was implemented in the year 2011. The card holders were asked to fill up the application forms with information regarding annual income. The new scheme is designed as per the information provided in it.