The scheme will be rolled out on August 20, the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. She said Delhi will be the first state in the country to launch the scheme. Though the scheme will be launched on August 20, the beneficiaries will start getting entitled food grains from September 1.
"We are committed to implement the scheme in true spirit. Through the scheme, we will make Delhi hunger free," Dikshit said.
Dikshit said government will provide benefits under the scheme to 73.5 lakh people in the city out of the total population of 1.68 crore. In the first phase, all BPL families, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holders and Jhughi Ration Card (JRC) holders and beneficiaries under Antodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) will be included.
The Food Security programme will be the biggest in the world with the government spending estimated at Rs 1,25,000 crore annually on supply of about 62 million tonnes of rice, wheat and coarse cereals to 67 percent of the population.