Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel launched the state-wide implementation of Centre’s National Food Security Act, which has been renamed as Maa Annapurna Yojna by the state government.
- The Food Security Act was passed during UPA regime at the Centre when Congress was ruling this state, only 88 crore people were given food-grains at subsidised rates prior to 1995.
- Under the scheme, a beneficiary holding the Annapurna card will receive wheat at Rs 2 per kilo and rice at Rs 3 per kilo. Currently, Above Poverty Line (APL) card holding families are entitled to a monthly stock of 2.5 kg wheat per member of the family at Rs 7.70 per kg.
- Though the implementation of the Act started in Gujarat from April 1, it was officially launched by the CM on the foundation on 6th April.
The National Food Security Bill:
- The National Food Security Bill is the brainchild of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
- The proposed bill aims to provide legal right over subsidised food grain to 67 per cent of the population.
- The Bill seeks to offer rice at Rs 3 per kg, wheat at Rs 2 per kg and coarse cereals at Rs 1 per kg to the intended beneficiaries.
- Up to 75 per cent of the rural population and 50 per cent of the urban population will get 5 kg of food grain monthly