Cash transfer of food subsidy being implemented in Chandigarh, Puducherry and Dadra & Nagar Haveli: Govt.

Cash transfer of food subsidy scheme into bank accounts of beneficiaries is being implemented in the Union Territories of Chandigarh and Puducherry as well as urban areas of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, the Government said in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
The scheme is implemented as per provisions of the Cash Transfer of Food Subsidy Rules, 2015, which inter alia provides that the cash transfer scheme can be taken up in identified areas, subject to fulfillment of certain conditions regarding preparedness to implement the scheme, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution C.R. Chaudhary said in a written reply to a question during Question Hour.
Identified area is defined under the Rules as State or Union Territory (UT) or any specified area within a State or UT, for which there is a written consent of the State Government for implementation of the scheme. It is therefore optional for the States and UTs to implement the cash transfer scheme or continue with distribution of foodgrains as per provisions of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) through fair price shops, he added.
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