Delhi to launch food security scheme Dec 15

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 16:10 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) The Delhi government will launch a food security scheme Dec 15 to benefit two lakh poor families in the capital, an official said here Thursday.

Under Dilli Annashree Yojana, a monthly deposit of Rs.600 will be made in the bank account of the eldest woman member in the household.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has requested United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi to inaugurate the scheme, the official said.

The beneficiaries of the scheme need not be below poverty line (BPL) or Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) card holders. However, they must hold an Aadhaar Unique Identification (UID) card, the official added.

A total of Rs.4,800 will be deposited per account, as the scheme, which was announced in city's budget 2012-13, will be effective from April 1, 2012.

The government has tied up with the six major banks to implement the scheme.

"The Delhi government has facilitated opening of bank accounts by presenting a copy of the Aadhaar card. There will be no other requirement, such as address proof, for opening the account," an official statement from the chief minister said.

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