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February 4, 2023 6:50 pm

UT department implements DBT scheme for foodgrains

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, October 16

The DBT Scheme for foodgrains was implemented in UT Chandigarh since September 2015. Under this scheme, the food subsidy in the form of cash is being transferred directly into Aadhar seeded bank accounts of the eligible households/ beneficiaries based on their entitlement for foodgrains under the NFSA and the beneficiaries are free to purchase foodgrains of their choice and from any place. The main aim of this Direct Benefit Transfer scheme is to bring transparency and terminate any kind of pilferage from distribution of food grains by crediting subsidies into bank accounts of the beneficiaries and give freedom to the beneficiaries to purchase foodgrains from the open market as per choice.

  The subsidy amount from the month of October 2022 has been revised by the GoI which are as under:

Category Subsidy Amount
Priority Household (PHH) Rs. 140.43/- per member/month
Antodya Anna Yojna (AAY) Households Rs. 983.01/- per family/month
The subsidy rates are fixed on the basis of Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Wheat & Rice by the Government of India and revised time to time.

At present, a total of 67,765 Priority Households (PH) having 2,94,470 units and 202 Antodya Anna Yojna (AAY) Households having 752 units are registered & availing benefits of food subsidy under the scheme.

       The registered beneficiaries are advised to intimate the department immediately in case of :-

  1. Any increase in annual family income beyond Rs. 1,50,000/- in the case of families covered under Priority Households and Rs. 60,000 in the case of families covered under AAY Households.
  2. Any change in the family size (Addition/Deletion/Death of member)
  3. Any change in Address/Mobile No./Bank Account.
  4. Migration to other States/UTs.

If, at any stage, any ineligible beneficiary is found availing the food subsidy, strict legal action shall be initiated.

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