ANTYODAYA ANNA YOJANA
The Antyodaya Anna Yojana , an important milestone in providing foodgrains to the poor was launched on December 25, 2000. It contemplated providing 25 kg. of foodgrains per month at highly subsidized rates of Rs. 2 per kg. for wheat and Rs. 3 per kg. for rice to each Antodaya family. The total number of families to be covered under this scheme was placed at one crore.
Antyodaya Anna Yojana has started in six States - Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and the UT of Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
About 36 lakh families in these States have been identified and are being given distinctive Antyodaya ration cards.
It is expected that by April end this year the Antyodaya Anna Yojana would start in most of the States.
The annual requirement of foodgrains for Antyodaya families would be 30 lakh tonnes.
The total subsidy on Antyodaya Anna Yojana for a full year will be Rs. 2315 crore.