Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday initiated the distribution of subsidised food grain under the government's ambitious Food Security Scheme.
Delhi was the first state in the country to launch the food security scheme on 21 August, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's birth anniversary.
"This is the largest programme of its kind in the world. It would go a long way in overcoming hunger and poverty across the country apart from enhancing the status of women," Dikshit said.
The chief minister distributed the food grains to the women residents of Lakshmibai Nagar, South Kidwai Nagar, Krishnamenon Marg, Sangli and Copernicus Marg in New Delhi district.
Dikshit claimed by January 2014, 73 lakh people would be covered under the scheme as the parameters for identification of the beneficiaries have already been meticulously finalised.
According to the scheme, each family will be provided wheat at Rs 2 per kilogram, rice at Rs 3 per kilogram and coarse grains at Re 1 per kg.
Antyodaya families are still eligible to receive 35 kg of grain per month while the other beneficiaries would get five kilograms per person.