Delhi government extends free ration scheme till September 2022

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced the extension of the free ration scheme till September 30, 2022, after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

CM Kejriwal said that this move will benefit nearly 73 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi. (File Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Delhi government has extended the free ration scheme till September 30 this year
  • This move will benefit nearly 73 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi
  • The Food and Civil Supplies department proposed the extension of the scheme for NFSA beneficiaries

Delhi government extended the free ration scheme for another three months till September 30, 2022. CM Arvind Kejriwal announced the extension of the free ration scheme after a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

He said that his government has been supplying rations for free to almost 73 lakh citizens since April 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

He revealed that the move will benefit nearly 73 lakh beneficiaries in Delhi.

“The Delhi government has been providing free rations to the people for the last couple of years. The government offers rations at a nominal rate from ration shops. However, for the last few years, we’ve been giving that for free. We have extended this scheme till September 30 and will continue supplying free rations in the coming months too.” Arvind Kejriwal said at an online media briefing after the cabinet meeting.

In a statement released after the meeting, it was revealed that the Food and Civil Supplies department proposed the extension of the scheme for NFSA beneficiaries for another four months from June to September 2022.

Taking cognizance of the pandemic-led inflation, CM Kejriwal supported the merits of the proposal.

FREE RATION SCHEME

The Arvind Kejriwal-led government has been distributing free rations to beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013. The NFSC category includes migrant workers, unorganised workers, construction workers, domestic helpers and those who do not have ration cards.

Under this scheme, five kg of food grains and four kg of wheat and one kg of rice per person, every month, are provided free of cost to the needy according to the eligibility prescribed under the NFS Act 2013.

The Delhi government had earlier extended the free ration scheme from December 2021 to May 2022.

(With inputs from PTI)

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