New Delhi: Common people might be squirming due to skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, but Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is of the view that Rs 600 a month is enough for running a family of six people. Her apathetic attitude towards the grievances of the common people is quite clear from this statement.  In other words, the Chief Minister believes that Rs 4 a day is enough for a person to survive in Delhi.  

Dikshit made this statement during inauguration of Shree Anna Yojna. The statement is bound to court controversy both the in political circles and the public space. Under the scheme, Rs 600 will be handed out to each of the needy families to purchase monthly food grains.  Sheila said that the cash subsidy of Rs 600 is enough for a family to buy food in a month. Interestingly, this statement was made in presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Delhi government’s Anna Shree Yojna was launched on Saturday. Under the scheme, the needy families will be given Rs 600 a month to buy food for them. The amount will be transferred directly in the account of the female member of the family. The scheme is going to benefit nearly 25 lakh people.

However, some of the people who are going to avail the benefits under this scheme strongly objected her remarks.

“For a family of five to seven people, the expenditure on buying food grains is between Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000. How can a family head meet his family’s needs in just Rs 600,” said Ganga Devi, a slum dweller of West Delhi.  

Another lady Maya Devi of same locality said that there are many expenditures like on shelter, health care and others which the people find difficult to meet besides purchasing food grains. She added, “Rs 600 is a very small help.”

During launch of the scheme, the Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that scheme would be linked to Unique Identification Card (Aadhaar Card) and will be quite different from the scheme of Public Distribution System. Speaking on the Delhi government’s scheme, she said that the best part of the scheme is that the amount will be given to the female member of the needy families. Sonia Gandhi further said that the UPA government and the Congress are quite serious about ensuring food guarantee for the needy people in the country and the food security bill would be brought in the Parliament very soon.


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