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65,754 Priority Households registered under Antodya Anna Yojna in UT

October 26, 2019 03:45 PM

CHANDIGARH: Up to October, 2019, a total of 65, 754 Priority Households (PH) having 2, 84, 319 units and 165 Antodya Anna Yojna (AAY) Households having 705 units are registered and availing benefits of food subsidy under the scheme in Chandigarh. The DBT Scheme for food grains has been implemented in September, 2015 and city became the first among UT/State to implement the scheme in the country. Subsidy amount for October has been released to the registered households.

Under this scheme, the food subsidy in the form of cash is being transferred directly into Aadhar seeded bank accounts of the eligible households/ beneficiaries based on their entitlement for food grains under the NFSA and the beneficiaries are free to purchase food grains of their choice and from any place. Priority households are getting subsidy amount of Rs 123.04 per member per month and Antodya Anna Yojna households get Rs 861.28 per family per month.                                        

The main aim of this Direct Benefit Transfer scheme is to bring transparency and terminate any kind of pilferage from distribution of food grains by crediting subsidies into bank accounts of the beneficiaries and give freedom to the beneficiaries to purchase food grains from the open market as per choice.

Under National Food Security Act, special emphasis has been given to women empowerment.  In Chandigarh, 97 per cent of registered households have women as Head of Households. To increase acceptability of the scheme and proper utilization of cash transfer for purchase of food grains, the female head of the family was targeted and empowered through this scheme.         

The registered households can check the bank account in which their subsidy  amount has been transferred on the departmental website>Transparency Portal>Check Aadhar/Bank linking Status. The beneficiaries can also dial toll free no.1800-180-2068, helpline no. 1967 or Consumer Helpline No. 1800-180-2079 for any queries. The beneficiaries may also contact the office situated in the basement of Registering & Licensing Authority (RLA), Sector-17, U. T., Chandigarh for redressal of their grievances.

Beneficiaries are requested to update their mobile numbers with the department if any change.The beneficiaries are also advised to intimate the department immediately in case of--any increase in annual family income beyond Rs. 60, 000 in the case of families covered under AAY Households and Rs. 1, 50, 000/- in the case of families covered under Priority Households; any change in the family size (Addition/Deletion/Death of member); any change in Address/Mobile No./Bank Account
and migration to other state/UT.  If, at any stage, any ineligible beneficiary is found availing the food subsidy, strict legal action shall be initiated.

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