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Sheila Dikshit says Rs 600 enough to sustain for a family of five


December 16, 2012 - New Delhi

In a statement that is likely to be criticized by almost all the opposition parties and public in general, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said that a family of five can sustain with Rs. 600 per month. The Chief Minister made the statement while launching the UPA's new food security scheme 'Dilli Annashree Yojna'.

The UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi also accompanied the Delhi Chief Minister at the launch of the scheme. Speaking at the programme organized to launch the scheme, Sheila Dikshit said, "In Rs 600, he would get dal, rice and wheat. A family of five can easily complete their needs."

The scheme will hand out Rs. 6000 to the needy families to purchase their monthly food grains. The amount will be transferred directly in the account of the female member in the family and the scheme will benefit nearly 25 lakh people.

The opposition BJP immediately seized the opportunity to criticize the bizarre remark. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, Hundred years back, people may be able to meet their needs in 600. But, in the present age when you don't even get a single meal in Rs 600, the Congress is insulting the poor by launching such schemes."

The remark is also likely to leave the Congress party red faced.

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