The Jharkhand government today said that the National Food Security Act would be implemented from July 1.
Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Minister Saryu Ray said at a press conference in Ranchi that the Food Security Act will come into force from July 1 this year as announced in the Assembly during the Budget session.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das had on April 5 said the welfare programme would start from June 1.
Roy said 86 per cent of the population would be benefited by this Act.
He said old ration cards would be eligible till the beneficiaries got new cards and added that they would get five kg rice or wheat per member of a family per month with 25 kg being the upper limit.
Roy said rice would be given at three rupees per kg and wheat at two rupees per kg. The state government would also fix a rate to provide the beneficiaries two kg of sugar, added the Minister.
The ‘Antyodaya Yojana’ that gives 35 kg rice at one rupee per kg to nine lakh families would continue, Roy said.