The Anna Bhagya Scheme in Karnataka
Due to a shortage of food, Karnataka’s “Anna Bhagya” programme, which promises 10 kg of rice to BPL cardholders, has run into difficulties. The Karnataka government is unable to buy enough rice to implement the programme, despite seeking neighbouring states for assistance.
The Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s initiatives to give free food to BPL families face a huge difficulty as a result of the shortage of rice.
Purchase of rice falls short
Siddaramaiah, the chief minister of Karnataka, voiced worries over the state’s ability to obtain the necessary quantity of rice for the “Anna Bhagya” programme. Only 1.5 lakh metric tonnes of the 2.28 lakh metric tonnes of rice that the state need have been procured. Karnataka’s request for rice procurement was rejected by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh due to insufficient supply. Even Chhattisgarh, which was ruled by the Congress, responded to Karnataka’s request with a smaller quantity than needed.
Supply Needs and Supplies on Hand
Karnataka needs 4.45 lakh metric tonnes of rice to give 10 kg of rice to each BPL cardholder in the state in order to launch the “Anna Bhagya” programme successfully.
The state is eligible to receive 2.17 lakh metric tonnes from the federal government under the National Food Security Act.
However, Karnataka needs at least 2.28 lakh metric tonnes of rice to deliver on the commitment of giving an extra 5 kg of rice that was previously made to Priority Households. The current deficit presents a considerable challenge to the full implementation of the plan.
About the Anna Bhagya Scheme in Karnataka
It is also known as the “Karnataka Free Rice Distribution Scheme,” and it provides free meals to state residents who fall below the poverty level.
The state government will supply 5 kg of rice under this programme, and the federal government will provide an extra 5 kg to the state in accordance with the Food Security Act.
There is no limit on the number of family members who can receive the free 10 kg of rice each month.
It will go into effect on July 1st, 2023.
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