In a significant move in the interest of Below Poverty Line (BPL) as well as Antyodaya Anna Yojna (AAY) families in Haryana, the state government has decided to provide one kilogram sugar at the rate of Rs 13 per kg 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 Hafed at the rate of Rs 20 per liter every month. These decisions would be applicable with effect from January 1, 2018.

These decisions were taken in a meeting presided over by Chief Minister ManoharLalKhattar on Wednesday.

An official spokesperson said that at present, one kg sugar was being provided to about 2.63 lakh AAY families in the state.

With fresh decision 8.68 lakh BPL families would also start getting one kilogram sugar. The beneficiary families would get the sugar and mustard oil at the rate of Rs 13 per kg and Rs 20 per kg respectively whereas the remaining amount would be borne by the state government as subsidy, he added.

He said that during the meeting it was also decided that fortified wheat flour enriched with essential vitamins and minerals would be provided in two blocks namely Brara and Naraingarh of district Ambala in the first phase under the Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid Day Meal scheme and the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) through Hafed Floor Mill, Taraori, district Karnal.

The Chief Minister directed he Haryana State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation Limited (HAFED) to follow prescribed standards while supplying fortified wheat flour and also enhance its capacity to meet the requirement for the entire state. It was also decided that a regulation would be brought to ensure that only packed fortified mustard oil is sold in the market, the spokesperson added.