UP government orders time- bound verification of Antyodaya beneficiaries
The Yogi Adityanath government has directed officials concerned to launch a statewide drive to verify the eligibility of Antyodaya ration card holders and households in the state by June 30.
The step follows complaints of anomalies from various part of the state.The government has issued detailed guidelines with a separate time-bound plan for urban and rural areas for this mega mission that will require scrutiny of lakhs of beneficiaries under the scheme, said a senior official of the state food and civil supplies department.
He said chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar has issued an order dated April 27, 2017 to all divisional commissioners and district magistrates, instructing them to ensure that an error- free list of their respective areas is prepared within the deadline.
The names of ineligible beneficiaries will be omitted and other eligible ones added during this drive being undertaken for effective implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
The NFSA-2013 has been implemented in the state with effect from March 1, 2016.
Under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), the identified poor families from among the below poverty line families covered under the targeted public distribution system (TPDS) will be provided food grains at a highly subsidised rate of Rs 2 per kg for wheat and Rs 3 per kg for rice.
The sheer scale of the exercise can be gauged from the fact that as in March 2017, Uttar Pradesh has over 40.94 lakh Antyodaya ration cards issued to eligible households having over 1.62 crore beneficiaries under the scheme.
The central government has fixed a target of 79.56% for rural areas and 64.43% cent for urban areas for selecting households under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and against which the state has already selected 78.48% households in rural areas and 62.82 % in urban areas.
As part of the drive, the district magistrates have been instructed to depute teams comprising revenue, rural development, food and civil supplies and urban development departments for verification task at fair price shops. At the panchayat level, a supervisor will be appointed over the team.
The team members will be entrusted duly printed forms of all beneficiaries of respective fair price shops and the list of beneficiaries will also be pasted at public places to invite objections, if any. Visit to homes for verification will also be undertaken both in urban as well as rural areas.
The verification team members will undergo training for the task which is to be completed by May 3 while the task of duty allotments for different fair price shops by the DM is to be completed by April 28 itself.
The on-ground verification is to be completed by June 3. The list of eligible and non-eligible beneficiaries is supposed to be made by June 14. The task of making the data available online for each district is to be completed by June 30.
The government has also issued separate formats of verification forms to be used in urban and rural areas during this drive.
Antyodaya Anna Yojana
Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) is aimed at poorest of the poor families. It covers landless agricultural labourers, marginal farmers, rural artisans /craftsmen, such as potters, tanners, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters, slum dwellers and persons earning their livelihood on daily basis in the informal sector like porters, coolies, rickshaw pullers, hand cart pullers, fruit and flower sellers, snake charmers, rag pickers, cobblers, destitute and other similar categories in both rural and urban areas.
Households headed by widows or terminally ill persons/disabled persons/ persons aged 60 years or more with no assured means of subsistence or societal support are also eligible for highly subsidised food grains. Widows or terminally ill persons or disabled persons or persons aged 60 years or more or single women or single men with no family or societal support or assured means of subsistence, besides all primitive tribal households, will also get these food grains.