CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government on Wednesday said it will provide subsidised sugar every month to the ‘below poverty line’ (BPL) families in the state, extending a welfare scheme earlier available to only ‘Antyodaya Anna Yojna’ (AAY) families. Families under both categories will also get a litre of subsidised mustard oil.
From January 1, these families will get 1 kg of sugar at Rs 13/kg and 1 litre of mustard oil of Hafed at Rs 20/litre. This was decided at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Manohar Lal. Minister of state for food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department, Karan Dev Kamboj, and Hafed chairman Harvinder Kalyan were present at the meeting.
The decision will benefit 1.131 million families in the state. At present, the state provides 1 kg of subsidised sugar to about 263,000 AAY families.
It was also decided that wheat flour enriched with essential vitamins and minerals will be provided in two blocks—Brara and Naraingarh of district Ambala—in the first phase under the public distribution system, ‘mid-day meal’ scheme and the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) through the Hafed flour mill at Taraori in Karnal district.
Hafed has been directed to follow prescribed standards while supplying fortified wheat flour and also enhance its capacity to meet the requirement.
A regulation will be introduced to ensure that only packed fortified mustard oil is sold in the market, the government said.
Source : economictimes
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