Delhi govt admits discrepancies in public distribution system
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Last Updated: Friday, August 20, 2010, 00:31
New Delhi: Admitting "discrepancies" in the public distribution system, Delhi Government today promised to improve the mechanism so that intended beneficiaries get the subsidised food items.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Haroon Yusuf told the Assembly that the government has issued 97,667 bio-metric BPL cards to ensure that food articles meant for the BPL families "actually reach them".

He said Government has decided to extend the deadline for applying biometric BPL card from the earlier date of June 30.

Noting that several steps are being taken to plug the leaks in the system, he said Delhi Government had written to Planning Commission for raising the cap on total annual income to Rs 60,000 instead of current limit of Rs 24,000 for becoming eligible to get the card.

"We have written to the Planning Commission to raise the cap for metropolitan cities so that more and more people could be eligible to get the benefits," he said.

Yusuf said the Government had increased the minimum wage for labourers and there was a need for considering increasing the cap for giving the BPL status to a family.

Informing that his department has detected bogus cards, he said Centre had approved an upper limit of 4.09 lakh BPL cards for the national capital.

"We are waiting finalisation of food security Bill. After passage of the Bill we will review the situation," he said, adding if needed Delhi Government will take steps to provide food at subsidised rates and other benefits to those people who did not qualify for BPL cards.


First Published: Friday, August 20, 2010, 00:31

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