Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will unveil the Rajiv Gandhi Ann Yojna on September 20, Food and Civil Supplies Minister GS Bali said. He said that the scheme would benefit more than 32 lakh families in the state.

Bali said that the state would enhance its food storage capacity and strengthen public distribution system. The state, under its food subsidy scheme since 2007, has been providing three types of pulses, two edible oils and salt at subsidized rates to all 16,99,225 ration-card holders, including those above poverty line (APL) families.

A provision of Rs 175 crore has been made under the scheme this year, officials said. Bali said that the APL families would also get essential food commodities on subsidised rates like before.

The United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) food security act was earlier expected to be rolled out in the hill state on August 20, the birth anniversary of late former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.


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