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Registered Households get Subsidy for October under DBT Scheme

Chandigarh, 24th October 2019: The DBT Scheme for foodgrains has been implemented from the month of September, 2015 in UT Chandigarh and Territory became the first UT/State to implement such scheme in the country. Under this scheme, the food subsidy in the form of cash is being transferred directly into Aadhar seeded bank accounts of the eligible households/ beneficiaries based on their entitlement for foodgrains under the NFSA and the beneficiaries are free to purchase foodgrains of their choice and from any place. The main aim of this Direct Benefit Transfer scheme is to bring transparency and terminate any kind of pilferage from distribution of food grains by crediting subsidies into bank accounts of the beneficiaries and give freedom to the beneficiaries to purchase foodgrains from the open market as per choice.

The subsidy amount for the month of October 2019 has been released to the registered households through their Aadhar seeded bank accounts, as per the entitlements i.e.


Subsidy Amount

Priority Household (PHH)

Rs. 123.04/- per member/month

Antodya Anna Yojna (AAY) Households

Rs. 861.28/- per family/month

The subsidy rates are fixed on the basis of Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Wheat & Rice by the Government of India and revised time to time.


Upto October, 2019, a total of 65,754 Priority Households (PH) having 2,84,319 units and 165 Antodya Anna Yojna (AAY) Households having 705 units are registered & availing benefits of food subsidy under the scheme.


Under National Food Security Act, special emphasis has been given to women empowerment.  In Chandigarh, 97% of registered households have women as Head of Households and left out 3% cases are those in which no woman of 18 years or above of age, in the family. To increase acceptability of the scheme and proper utilization of cash transfer for purchase of foodgrains, the female head of the family was targeted and empowered through this scheme.        

 The registered households can check the bank account in which their subsidy  amount has been transferred on the departmental website www.chdfood.gov.in>Transparency Portal>Check Aadhar/Bank linking Status.

The beneficiaries can also dial toll free no.1800-180-2068, helpline no. 1967 or Consumer Helpline No. 1800-180-2079 for any queries. The beneficiaries may also contact the office situated in the basement of Registering & Licensing Authority (RLA), Sector-17, U. T., Chandigarh for redressal of their grievances.SMS is being delivered on the registered mobile numbers of the beneficiaries as and when the subsidy is transferred. The beneficiaries can also check the date of release of subsidy amount on the departmental website i.e. www.chdfood.gov.in

For the facilitation of the beneficiaries, the department is going to start online enrolment under the DBT Scheme, under which any eligible beneficiary could apply under the scheme from his residence also. The service has been developed by the NIC and is under testing phase which will be completed & started very shortly.

Beneficiaries are requested to update their mobile numbers with the department if any change.The beneficiaries are also advised to intimate the department immediately in case of:-

  1. Any increase in annual family income beyond Rs. 60,000 in the case of families covered under AAY Households and Rs. 1,50,000/- in the case of families covered under Priority Households
  2. Any change in the family size (Addition/Deletion/Death of member)
  3. Any change in Address/Mobile No./Bank Account
  4. Migration to other States/UTs

If, at any stage, any ineligible beneficiary is found availing the food subsidy, strict legal action shall be initiated.