Stop identifying food scheme beneficiaries: EC to Delhi govt

Election Commission asked the Delhi government to stall the process for identifying beneficiaries under Food Security scheme till December 5 when the poll process in the national capital will be over.

PTI| Updated: Oct 24, 2013, 23:23 PM IST

New Delhi: The Election Commission has asked the Delhi government to stall the process for identifying beneficiaries under Food Security scheme till December 5 when the poll process in the national capital will be over.
The EC directive came in reply to a request from Delhi government to continue with identification of beneficiaries as the scheme has already been launched in the national capital. Delhi government had launched the scheme in haste but carried out the exercise of identifying the scheme beneficiaries.

The poll body has said that identifying beneficiaries during the poll process would be a violation of the Model Code of Conduct which is in force in Delhi.

Delhi goes to polls on December 4 to elect its 70-member Assembly.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had claimed that her government will provide benefits under the scheme to 73.5 lakh people in the city out of the total population of 1.68 crore.

Under the scheme, two-third population of the country will have the right to get 5 kg foodgrains every month at highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg. The per kg price of rice will be Rs 3 while wheat and coarse cereals will be given at Rs 2 and Rs 1 per kg, respectively, under the programme.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had rolled out the ambitious and "game changer" food security scheme in three states of Delhi, Haryana and Uttarakhand on August 20 after Congress attacked BJP for delay in passage of the bill.

Delhi aims to include 32 lakh people belonging to 5.10 lakh families in the scheme in the first phase covering all BPL families, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders and Jhuggi Ration Card (JRC) holders besides beneficiaries under Antodaya Anna Yojna (AAY).

The city government has also decided to include homeless people, daily wage-earners, rag-pickers, people living in resettlement colonies and slum clusters in the first phase of implementation of the scheme.