Poor implementation of Dilli Annashree Yojana disclosed in reply to RTI
The state government of Delhi had launched the 'Dilli Annashree Yojana' in 2012 with an aim to provide food security to those living below the poverty line.
In this regard, a survey was conducted to identify the number of people living below the poverty line by the department of administrative reforms of the Delhi government and a total of 574,428 persons were identified as the genuinely needy (unable to get two square meals a day). These persons were not getting benefits under any scheme of the government's Public Distribution System.
For the implementation of the programme, the state government tied up with six major banks to facilitate the transfer of cash directly to the beneficiaries using an Aadhar-enabled bank account, which can be accessed only by the senior-most woman member of the household. The money was meant for purchasing wheat, pulses and flour.
But, a reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that as yet only 7,220 people have benefited from the scheme. The Food and Supply Minister of the Delhi government has claimed that 62,500 people have already benefitted from the scheme and soon another 1 lakh people will get the benefits.