January 15, 2016
WB CM to launch food security scheme in Bengal on Jan 27
West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee will launch the State Food Security Scheme on January 27 from a programme to be held at the Red Road.
Under the State Food Security Scheme, the State Government will provide five kilos of rice at Rs 2/kg to 7.1 crore people out of 10 crore people of the State. Another 70 lakh people will be able to buy rice at a price half than the market price, under this scheme. People who are below the poverty line will be eligible for this scheme.
The West Bengal Government has already been distributing rice at Rs 2 to people in Jangalmahal, Aila-affected regions of Sunderbans and workers of the tea gardens in north Bengal.
The programme on January 27 will feature bicycle rallies by those who have received cycles under Sabuj Sathi scheme.
The State Government has already undertaken the act of digitizing ration cards. After the launch of the State Food Security Scheme, 90% people of Bengal will be brought under it.