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Dec 17, 2012, 10.09 AM IST | Source: IBNLive.com

Cash transfer scheme a revolutionary measure: Sonia Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday inaugurated the Dilli Annashree Yojna which is Delhi government's scheme to provide food security to two lakh vulnerable households not covered under BPL and other food security schemes.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday inaugurated the Dilli Annashree Yojna which is Delhi government's scheme to provide food security to two lakh vulnerable households not covered under BPL and other food security schemes.

Sonia strongly backed the Centre's new Direct Benefit Transfer system that will ensure cash transfer directly in the hands of beneficiaries of various schemes, saying it is in line with many other "revolutionary" measures taken by the UPA. Sonia also announced her intent to bring the much-talked out Food Security Bill in Parliament soon to ensure that no poor family remains hungry.

She made the remarks while unveiling the Delhi government's ambitious food programme 'Annashree' under which monthly cash subsidy of Rs 600 will be transferred directly into bank account of the senior-most female member of two lakh poor families. While hailing the scheme as the country's first totally Aadhar-based cash transfer programme, Sonia chose the occasion to highlight the central government's Direct Benefit Transfer system, which will be implemented in 51 districts from January 1 facilitating cash entitlement in a total of 34 schemes.

"The purpose of this scheme is to ensure that the government's money being disbursed in pension, scholarship, MNREGA wage payment and social benefit schemes reaches the beneficiaries directly at their hands and without any delay. This money will reach directly into the hands of beneficiaries and not only up to bank accounts and post offices," Sonia said.

The Congress President also made it clear that this cash transfer scheme is, however, not being implemented by the Centre in food and fertiliser subsidy programmes. She said that the cash transfer scheme is envisaged on the basis of the ideology of balanced development of the UPA in which the welfare of the poor matters most.

Gandhi also hailed the Land Acquisition Bill which got the Cabinet's nod on Thursday, and announced that the much-talked about Food Security Bill will be brought in Parliament soon.

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