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Pilot scheme to be launched in six Union Territories for direct transfer of food subsidy

New Delhi: December 17,2012

The Government proposes to introduce a pilot scheme in six Union Territories (UTs), namely Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry for direct transfer of food subsidy under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS). Under the proposed scheme, foodgrains will be issued by Food Corporation of India at the economic cost. The cash subsidy equal to the difference in the economic cost and the present issue price will be credited to the bank account of the beneficiary in advance to enable the beneficiary to purchase the foodgrains at this cost. The details of the scheme will be finalized in consultation with UTs. etc.

Under the proposed scheme, foodgrains shall continue to be distributed to the beneficiaries under TPDS through the Fair Price Shops.

This information was given by the Minister of State (IC) for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Prof. K.V.Thomas in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.
 

 
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