Karnataka’s Anna Bhagya Scheme

  • The Karnataka government is having difficulty obtaining rice for its ambitious Anna Bhagya scheme.
  • However, there is some hope because Punjab has agreed in principle to furnish the necessary amount of rice.

What exactly is the Anna Bhagya Scheme?

  • The state administration intends to increase the free rice allocation per person under the BPL card from 5 kg to 10 kg.
  • The initiative is expected to cost the government 840 crore every month and 10,092 crore per year.
  • It is set to be released on July 1.

Problems Solved

  • The Food Corporation of India (FCI) agreed to supply the requisite 2.28 lakh tonnes of rice at first but afterwards refused.
  • Telangana and Andhra Pradesh stated their inability to supply, while the government of Chhattisgarh pledged to supply 1.5 lakh tonnes.
  • Karnataka is currently looking for rice in other states and hopes to get it for 34 per kg.

Alternative Grains:

  • If necessary, the state may distribute 2 kg of either ragi or jowar, which would last six months.
  • However, the government must still provide an additional 3 kg of rice in addition to the existing 5 kilogramme amount.

Punjab’s Proposal

  • In the spirit of federalism, the Punjab administration announced willingness to supply rice to Karnataka.
  • Punjab has ample rice and wishes to assist alleviate the issues that the underprivileged experience throughout the country.
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