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‘Amma Hastham saves a family Rs. 1,284 per year’

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Minister distributes subsidised grocery to the beneficiaries

Minister Galla Aruna Kumari distributing grocery package to a beneficiary at the launch of Amma Hastham programme in Tirupati on Thursday.- PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
Minister Galla Aruna Kumari distributing grocery package to a beneficiary at the launch of Amma Hastham programme in Tirupati on Thursday.- PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

‘Amma Hastham’, the pet scheme of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to distribute subsidised grocery to poor families, was formally launched in Chittoor district by Minister for Mines and Geology Galla Aruna Kumari on Thursday.

“Nine items such as dal, wheat flour, wheat, sugar, salt, chilli powder, palm oil, tamarind and turmeric, will be distributed in fair price shops at Rs. 185 per family, which costs Rs. 292 in the open market.

This scheme saves Rs.1,284 per family per annum,” Ms. Aruna Kumari announced while distributing grocery to beneficiaries in Tirupati rural mandal of her Chandragiri constituency.

The government would bear Rs. 660 crore to benefit 220 lakh families in the State.

After several schemes for the poor in his kitty including the Re.1 per kg rice, ‘Stree Nidhi’ bank and ‘Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu’, Mr. Kiran conceived the grocery scheme to show real-time savings to the poor, she explained.

The State announced so many schemes to ensure that there was at least one beneficiary in every household, she said and asked the womenfolk present at the event to ponder over the fact.

Revenue Divisional Officer Y. Ramachandra Reddy, Tirupati Urban IKP project director M. Lakshmi and others took part.


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