There is enough stock, let there be no doubt over its implementation: Minister
The Congress government in the State is set to launch the ‘Anna Bhagya’ rice scheme in Bangalore on July 10, which provides 30 kg of rice per month to BPL families at Re. 1 a kg.
Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Dinesh Gundu Rao told presspersons here on Friday that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will launch the scheme and it would be simultaneously unveiled in all districts. There will be no impediment in its implementation, he said.
The State would get 1.78 lakh tonnes of rice from the Centre every month. As it requires an additional 1,07,000 tonnes, it has sought an additional 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes of rice from the Centre.
Mr. Rao said the State’s entire additional requirement can be met by Chhattisgarh which has a “bumper stock”. The rice from Chhattisgarh will cost Rs. 22.9 a kg. But with transportation cost added, it would be Rs. 26 to Rs. 27 a kg. Further, the government has already issued a notification to buy rice from National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd. (NCDEX), an online multi-commodity exchange. The bidding process starts on July 24 at 65 different places in the State.
Another option is procure rice from Central agencies. “There is enough stock. Let there be no doubt or apprehension over the implementation of the scheme,” the Minister said. Nearly one crore households will benefit from the programme.