HP provides food security to 31.21 lakh beneficiaries


    Himachal Pradesh has achieved the target of selecting 31.21 lakh beneficiaries under National Food Security Act who are being provided wheat at the rate of two rupees and rice at the rate of three rupees per kilogram per month. The Act was implemented in October, 2013 in the State with the target to select 36.85 lakh consumers.


    A spokesperson of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department said today that all beneficiary families selected by the Gram Sabha under the ‘Antodaya Ann Yojna’ would automatically be included in the list of eligible beneficiaries. Similarly as per the new approved list all BPL families, those families where any member was getting social security pension, the families selected under ‘Annpuran Yojna’ and all Tibetan/refugees verified by Tibetan Settlement Officer would be included under the scheme.


    He said that single woman, children residing in ashrams or abandoned children, the household where the widow was head of the family, people with more than 60 percent disability, the families where the family head is suffering from serious ailment or the family had is above 60 years of age or has no source of income, the family head registered as laborer, the families where member is suffering from leprosy, cancer or HIV, the widows of freedom fighters and martyrs, members living in old age and child homes, nari niketan and orphanages, Tibetan children village schools, Dharamshala, Suja, Mandi and Chonthra who are not getting any financial assistance or food grains from the State Government would also be covered under the scheme.


    Those households would also be considered under the ambit of the scheme who have five hectares of non irrigation or two hectares of irrigation land besides the households whose monthly income was not more than Rs. 12000.

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