Chhattisgarh government has decided to provide rice at Re 1 and Rs 2 to 37 lakh poor families in the state from the new financial year ie From April 01, 2009.
Senior State government officials told PTI that a decision to this effect was taken at the high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Raman Singh. In the meeting, it was decided to provide salt free of cost to these 37 lakh families.
For implementation of the cheap rice schemes and free salt scheme, Chhattisgarh government will spend about Rs 1,441 crore, official sources said.
As per the government decision, 7.19 families will be given rice at Re 01 (one rupee) under the Antyodaya Scheme whereas the rest 29.86 lakh families will be given rice at Rs 2. And all the 39 lakh families will be given salt free of cost.
While the cost on the government for the free rice would be around Rs 1,439 crores, it will have to bear another Rs 2.23 crores towards giving salt free of cost to the 37 lakh families.
Officials told that the Chief Minister has asked the Food and Civil Supplies Departments to complete necessary formalities soon so that the schemes could be implemented as per schedule.
It is to be noted here that the BJP had promised to give rice at one rupee and Rs 2 a kilogram and free salt to poor families in its election manifesto during this year's assembly election.
With BJP coming to power for a second term, the government has now decided to implement its promised schemes from the new financial year.