The ambitious Anna Bhagya scheme of the State government to distribute rice at Re. 1 per kg to families below the poverty line (BPL) was formally launched today by District In-Charge Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad at the Centenary Hall of Sarada Vilas College in Krishnamurthypuram in city.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the Congress government has kept its word by launching the scheme for the poor, as announced by Chief Minister Siddharamaiah soon after being sworn-in. He exhorted the officials of Food and Civil Supplies Department to make the scheme a success by ensuring that irregularities do not take place and the facility reaches the genuine beneficiaries.

Minister Sreenivasa Prasad said that the Karnataka government procured rice from Chattisgarh at the rate of Rs. 28 per kg, adding that this is done in the interests of the poor and not as an election gimmick.

As per the information made available here, there are 3,33,912 BPL families and 50,893 beneficiaries of the Antyodaya scheme in the district. The Antyodaya scheme was implemented in 2001.

Deputy Commissioner Dr. Ramegowda, giving the statistics of the scheme in his welcome address, said that for a single member ration card holder, 10 kg rice would be given every month at Re. 1 per kg, followed by 20 kg to two-member families and 30 kg to those having three or more members.

In Mysore district, there are 51,114 Antyodaya card-holders and 5,22,521 BPL card-holders for which 83,110 quintals of rice was required every month. Now the requirement for the Anna Bhagya scheme is 1,45,853 quintals, that is an additional quantity of 62,743 quintals, said the DC. There are 25,692 single-member card-holders, 57,642 two-member card-holders and 4,30,180 card-holders having three or more members in the district, he said.

Electronic machines at Fair Price Shops: All the Fair Price Shops in the district will be equipped with electronic weighing machines to prevent malpractice. The thumb impression on the e-ration card will activate the card-holder’s account displayed on the monitor, the quantity of ration he or she is entitled to, the amount availed and electronic billing. All the information will be uploaded on the website where one can see who has availed how much ration and when.

Sarada Vilas College was chosen as the venue for the function because both Siddharamaiah and Sreenivasa Prasad had studied in this college.

MLA G.T. Devegowda praised Siddharamaiah for the scheme saying that though it will be a huge burden on the government, it will benefit poor families.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore