What is Annapurna Scheme?
The Annapurna Scheme was launched by the Ministry of Finance for the year 1999-2000 in his budget speech to provide food assistance to the senior citizens who were not included in the targeted PDS (Public Distribution System) and who does not income of their own.
Annapurna is a scheme of social sector and is a part of NSAP (National Social Assistance Programme) which came up from August 15th 1995.
The Annapurna Scheme was officially launched with the effect from April 1st 2000. The main aim of this scheme is to provide food assistance to those senior citizens who are eligible but are not included in the NOAPS (National Old Age Pension Scheme).
The Annapurna Scheme is focused to cover 13.762 Lakh that is 20% of people who are eligible to avail pension under NOAPS (National Old Age Pension Scheme).
Eligibility Criteria for Annapurna Scheme:
The main assistance under this scheme is provided to the people who are eligible for the following criteria:
- The Applicant’s age (female or male) should be 65 years or more.
- The Candidate must be a destitute person in the sense of no regular means or having little of substance from members of family or any other sources. The criteria if any may be followed to determine destitution.
- The candidate should not be in pension receipt under the State Pension Scheme or NOAPS.
- The candidates who are eligible are offered 10 Kg of food grains free of cost per month.
Currently, funds are released to the State Departments of F&CS (Food and Civil Supplies) in single instalment. Then, this State Department ties up with the FCI (Food Corporation of India) to release food grains district wise to the FCI Offices on direct cost payment of Food grains at CIP (Capital Investment Plan) rates.
Primarily, these food grains were offered at an economic cost of Rs. 9.80/Kg. However, with an effect from 1st November 2000, the food grains are supplied at the CIP rates for BPL (Below Poverty Line) families at Rs. 4.90/Kg.
The eligible candidates for this scheme are selected in the Gram Sabhas and the entitlement cards to the candidates are distributed by the Gram Panchayat.
For more information, visit: http://www.fcp.bih.nic.in/Annapurna.htm
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