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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Delhi Cabinet to relax the Eligibility Criteria under the Annashree Scheme

The Delhi Cabinet on 3 July 2013 decided to relax the eligibility criteria to cover two lakh vulnerable families under the Annashree scheme. As per new criteria for Annashree scheme, any household whose head has been a resident of Delhi for at least three years and the annual family income is not more than 1 lakh rupees is eligible for benefit under the scheme.
Delhi has been fixed as 1 January 2010 was fixed as the cut-off date for residing in Delhi. The earlier cut-off date was 1 April 2008. The family, however, should not be getting benefits under the below poverty line (BPL) and Antodaya scheme. This is the basic criteria to be eligible under Annashree scheme. Moreover, the household should not be getting food at subsidized rate under any other scheme.
Launched in 2012, the Delhi government provides a cash subsidy of 600 rupees a month to approximately one lakh households. The money is transferred to the bank account of the leading female member of the family.  The Samajik Suvidha Sangam conducted a survey to identify the families.


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