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.