Cash transfer scheme 'revolutionary' measure of UPA: Sonia
Gandhi, who is also UPA Chairperson, also announced her intent to bring the much-talked out Food Security Bill in Parliament soon to ensure that no poor family remains hungry. She made the remarks while unveiling the Delhi government's ambitious food programme 'Annashree' under which monthly cash subsidy of Rs 600 will be transferred directly into bank account of the senior-most female member of two lakh poor families.
While hailing the scheme as the country's first totally Aadhar-based cash transfer programme, Gandhi chose the occasion to highlight the central government's Direct Benefit Transfer system, which will be implemented in 51 districts from January 1 facilitating cash entitlement in a total of 34 schemes.
"The purpose of this scheme is to ensure that the government's money being disbursed in pension, scholarship, MNREGA wage payment and social benefit schemes reaches the beneficiaries directly at their hands and without any delay.
This money will reach directly into the hands of beneficiaries and not only up to bank accounts and post offices," Gandhi said.
The Congress President also made it clear that this cash transfer scheme is, however, not being implemented by the Centre in food and fertiliser subsidy programmes. She said that the cash transfer scheme is envisaged on the basis of the ideology of balanced development