Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel launches 'Maa Annapurna Yojna'
Posted on: 07 Apr 2016 09:42:17
07 April 2016 Current Affairs: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel launched the state-wide implementation of Centre’s National Food Security Act, which has been renamed as Maa Annapurna Yojna by the state government.The Food Security Act was passed during UPA regime at the Centre when Congress was ruling this state, only 88 crore people were given food-grains at subsidised rates prior to 1995.Under the scheme, a beneficiary holding the Annapurna card will receive wheat at Rs 2 per kilo and rice at Rs 3 per kilo. Currently, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holding families are entitled to a monthly stock of 2.5 kg wheat per member of the family at Rs 7.70 per kg.Though the implementation of the Act started in Gujarat from April 1, it was officially launched by the CM on the foundation on 6th April.The National Food Security Bill is the brainchild of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.The proposed bill aims to provide legal right over subsidised food grain to 67 per cent of the population.The Bill seeks to offer rice at Rs 3 per kg, wheat at Rs 2 per kg and coarse cereals at Rs 1 per kg to the intended beneficiaries.Up to 75 per cent of the rural population and 50 per cent of the urban population will get 5 kg of food grain monthly.
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