Chief Minister K. Rosaiah hailed the proposal of National Advisory Council (NAC) chaired by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on food security as magnanimous, pro-poor and historical.

He wholeheartedly congratulated Ms. Gandhi and members M.S. Swaminathan and others for the revolutionary decision to help the people of the country, particularly the poor and low income group.

“For the first time since Independence, the UPA government alone could undertake such massive welfare programme to directly benefit the poor and extend them food security,” he said.

Mr. Rosaiah said that the UPA government under the able leadership of Ms. Gandhi and stewardship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has brought in yet another historic welfare scheme benefiting 75 per cent of the country's population.

Historic step

The Chief Minister said the new scheme is undoubtedly a historic step aimed at the welfare of the largely populated country like India and Andhra Pradesh would be very happy to introduce it since it is already supplying rice at Rs.2-a-kg to around 1.82 crore households at 20 kg per household a month.

The State is spending about Rs.3,000 crore towards the scheme, he said. He said, the public distribution system in Andhra Pradesh is one of the most efficient schemes and covers a majority of the population.