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Over 4.90 crore people in Madhya Pradesh get food grains at subsidised rates

BHOPAL: Over 4.90 crore people in Madhya Pradesh are getting food grain at subsidised rate through public distribution system under the Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana so far.

Under the scheme, eligible persons are being provided wheat and rice at Re one per kg since July 1. The Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana, in accordance with National Food Security Act-2013, was implemented in the state on March 1, 2014 to provide subsidised food grains to people.

Since June 2013, Antyodaya (very poor) families were also included under the scheme in addition to BPL families. They are getting wheat at Re one per kg and rice at Rs 2 per kg. Under the scheme, BPL families are provided iodised salt at the rate of Re one per kg.

Since March 2014, supply of iodised salt at the rate of Re one per kg was started in entire state. Earlier, subsidised iodised salt was provided only in 89 tribal dominant development blocks.

The Act provides supply of wheat at Rs 2 per kg and rice at Rs 3 per kg. On the contrary, wheat and rice are being provided at Re one per kg under Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana which covers Antyodaya Anna Yojana and priority families. Antyodaya Anna Yojana families are provided 35 kg food grains per family per month and priority families 5 kg per person per month.

State-wide Food Security Festival was observed in the state in June 2014 to bring under left out eligible families under the ambit of Mukhyamantri Annapurna Yojana. Door-to-door survey was conducted to include their names. Before Food Security Festival, 75 lakh families were being provided wheat and rice at the rate of Re. one per kg, which increased to one crore 10 lakh families after it.

On the initiative of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, priority families of 24 categories have been included under the scheme. Some of the categories are those whose Panchayat has been held at CM House including hair-dressers, domestic women helps, street vendors, cycle rickshaw pullers, members of Fishermen’s Welfare Societies etc.