Aiming at channeling benefits under the Annapurna and Antyodya Anna Yojana schemes to needy families, the state government has now decided both regular and contract employees in the government sector, including corporations, boards and banks, will automatically be excluded from the list of beneficiaries of the schemes. Income tax payers, pensioners and registered project contractors will also not be eligible.
"Under the Annapurna scheme senior citizens aged 65 years and above who are not getting any pension are being provided 10 kilograms of rice every month free of cost. The rice allotted by the central food ministry is being provided to eligible beneficiaries by the state food & supplies department through its "fair price" (ration) shops," a government spokesperson said in a press statement on Sunday.
Under the Antyodya Anna Yojana a target has been set to select 197,100 poor families in the state. There are 950,696 members of Antyodaya families in the state. Under the scheme, 35 kg of foodgrains, including 20 kg of wheat is being provided every month to each family at the rate of Rs 2 per kg and Rs 15 kg per kg for 15 kg, respectively.
The state has network of 4,794 fair price shops and subsidized ration is being provided to each person through 1,741,789 ration cards in the state on monthly basis.
"The state government is providing an annual subsidy of about Rs 220 crore for providing rations to "above the poverty line", 301,131 "below the poverty line" and 195,381 poor families under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana," the spokesperson added.
The Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme is being implemented in the state under the National Food Security Act since August 1, 2013. Those included in the list of beneficiaries of the scheme, which was updated on April 7, 2013 in "gram sabha" meetings in the state, were automatically considered covered under this scheme.
In addition, all families living below the poverty line, families being benefited under the Annpurana Antyodaya scheme and all families getting social security pensions have been included under the scheme.
Besides this, Tibetan exiles who are beneficiaries of the Annapurna scheme and for whom permits have been issued after proper verification of documents under the public distribution system are included under this scheme.