Facing difficulties and irregularities in smoothly running the ‘Dal Roti’ scheme, the Haryana government has decided to scrap the scheme under which subsidised Dal used to be distributed to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the state.

Instead of Dal, the state government now has decided to provide subsidised sugar and mustard oil to BPL and Antyodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) families in the state from coming 1 January. Even the name for the new scheme is yet to be finalised.

While speaking to The Statesman, Haryana Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Karan Dev Kamboj said, “There are many reasons behind the discontinuation of distribution of Dal under the said scheme. Fluctuation of Dal price is one of them while the companies allotted contract for providing Dal, were also found involved in various irregularities.”

“From 1 January 2018, Haryana government would provide one kilogram sugar at the rate of `13 per kilogram every month to all about 11.31 lakh BPL families including the AAY families. In addition, each of these families would also be provided one liter mustard oil of the Haryana State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation Limited (HAFED), at the rate of `20 per liter every month,” he said.

Notably, The Statesman had reported about the substandard Dal was being distributed through public distribution system (PDS) in Haryana.

The state’s Food and Supplies Department received complains regarding supply of rotten Chana Dal in districts.

Following which, the state government had to mark an investigation and later had to blacklist the said company that was taking care of PDS supplies in nearly nine districts.

Under the ‘Dal Roti’ scheme, two kilogram Dal per unit per month is being by the state government to the BPL families