statesman news service
Bangalore ,26 August
The Siddaramiah government, which has just completed 100 days in office, is looking to add value to its Re 1 per kg rice food security programme. It has now decided to give BPL families the option to take ragi, wheat and other grains for the same amount in place of rice, if they so wish.
Mr Siddaramiah said today that the new dispensation would commence from 2 October under the government’s flagship programme Anna Bhagya Scheme. The objective, he said, was to make the state "hunger free”.
According to him, the government has decided to distribute 30kg of millets every month at Re 1 per kg to the families living below the poverty line especially in the southern and northern parts of the state. Detailing the achievements of his government in the first 100 days, he said the Re 1 per kg subsidised scheme would cost the state exchequer almost Rs 4,200 crore. In fact, he said the scheme, along with the benefits provided to the farmers in terms of low or no interest rates, had helped the voters gauge the genuineness of his government.
This explained the ease with which the Congress had wrested the two seats in the bypolls to the Mandya and Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha constituencies.