Karnataka's Anna Bhagya Scheme
The Karnataka government is currently facing challenges in implementing the Anna Bhagya scheme starting from July 1 due to the unavailability of the required amount of rice.
An overview of the news
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has halted the sale of rice to state governments, including Karnataka, since June 12.
This discontinuation of rice supply has created difficulties for the implementation of the Anna Bhagya scheme.
However, Punjab has in principle agreed to supply rice to Karnataka in the required quantity.
FCI initially agreed to provide the required 2.28 lakh tonnes of rice, but later refused to do so.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh expressed their inability to supply, while the Chhattisgarh government offered to supply 1.5 lakh tonnes.
About Anna Bhagya Scheme
The state government intends to increase the allocation of free rice from 5 kg to 10 kg per person on Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards under the Anna Bhagya scheme.
The aim of this increase in free rice allocation is to provide more support and food security to the persons belonging to BPL category.
The implementation of this revised allocation is scheduled to begin from July 1.
The increased allocation of free rice will cost the state government an estimated ₹840 crore per month.
Annually, the scheme is expected to cost Rs 10,092 crore to the state exchequer.
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