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
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.