Annashri Yojana to take off on December 15

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SummaryGovt ties up with 6 banks to implement scheme, will benefit 6 lakh families.

Govt ties up with 6 banks to implement scheme, will benefit 6 lakh families.

The Delhi government will launch the first direct cash transfer scheme for food security — Dilli Annashree Yojana — on December 15. This aims to help close to six lakh families in the national capital.

The government has tied up with six major banks — including 827 branches — in the city to implement the scheme. Camps will be organised to help the identified families open no-frills bank accounts.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has requested UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to launch the scheme next month.

“This scheme is the first such initiative by any state government to go beyond the traditional definition of poverty to provide food security through cash transfers,” a government official said. Dikshit had announced the scheme while delivering the budget earlier this year.

The government has also decided to include an additional two lakh families under the scheme meant for BPL or AAY cardholders. Dikshit said, “An additional two lakh vulnerable families were identified through a survey based on new scientific parameters.”

Incidentally, the financial benefit due to families will include arrears from April 1, 2012.

Senior officials stated that a large number of families living in slums, resettlement colonies and JJ clusters would get Rs 600 a month. On December 15, Rs 4,800 would be transferred to each eligible family including arrears for the last eight months. “Apart from eliminating leakages in the present Public Distribution System (PDS), the new scheme will provide the option of spending the money according to their needs,” Dikshit said.

The scheme will facilitate the transfer of cash benefit directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries using an Aadhar-enabled no-frills bank account, which can be accessed only by the senior-most woman member of the vulnerable household.

“The government has facilitated opening of such accounts upon presentation of a copy of the Aadhar card. Hence, there would be no need to submit an address proof and have a proposer for opening the account. The government intends to bring all its social sector financial assistance schemes under the

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