7,23,034 card-holders will benefit from the programme
Minister for Excise and District in-charge Satish L. Jarkiholi has appealed to beneficiaries of the Anna Bhagya scheme not to misuse the highly-subsidised allotments made through the Public Distribution System (PDS).
Launching the scheme here on Wednesday, he said the Congress government had announced rice at one rupee a kg soon after taking oath and had implemented the scheme within a month. The objective behind the scheme was to ensure no below poverty line (BPL) family slept hungry, he added.
He warned ration-shop owners against diverting rice to private markets for money and asked officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department and panchayat officials in rural areas to be vigilant.
Mr. Jarkiholi said beneficiaries should continue to work hard to support the needs of their children and dependents, irrespective of support from the government. Feroz N. Sait, MLA, who presided over the function, said only the Congress could dare to implement a pro-poor programme like Anna Bhagya.
Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies M.C. Srinivasaiah highlighted salient features of the scheme, under which 7,23,034 beneficiaries would be benefited, of which 6,39,961 were BPL and the remaining 83,073 were Antyodaya card-holders. Mahantesh Koujalgi, MLC, and Deputy Commissioner N. Jayaram were present. Several BPL and Antyodaya card-holders had turned up for the inauguration.
According to Food and Civil Supplies Department officials, the government would distribute rice at Re. 1 per kg to BPL card holders on unit basis, i.e., 4 kg for one unit, 8 kg for two units, 12 kg for three units and 15 kg for four units and above. Antyodaya card holders would receive 29 kg of rice at Rs.6 per kg and 31 kg of wheat at Rs. 2 per kg.