May 27, 2024

BENGALURU EXPRESS

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Centre attempts to derail Anna Bhagya scheme: KH Muniyappa

Bengaluru, June 15: In order to derail state government’s ambitious Anna Bhagya scheme, one of the five guarantees promised ahead of assembly polls, the union government denied selling of rice through FCI to state government, speculated Food and civil supplies minister KH Muniyappa.

Speaking to media persons after the prominent cabinet meeting on Thursday he condemned the attitude of the Union Government to deny Karnataka rice through Food Corporation of India and explained that FCI had agreed to sell rice on July 12 to Karnataka and on July 13 FCI denied sale of rice.

A team of officials concerned would hold talks with officials concerned in Telangana to procure rice for the State Government’s ‘Anna Bhagya’ scheme to distribute 10 kg of rice to families of Below Poverty Line (BPL) card holders.

Efforts are on to launch the ‘Anna Bhagya’ scheme on July 1 as assured to the people of the State. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has spoken to his Telangana counterpart over purchase of rice similar talks have also been held with Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Punjab to procure rice.

“We have in the past purchased rice from NCCF, Marketing Federation, Consumer Federation among other agencies and also from neighbouring states,” Muniyappa said.

To a query that purchase from neighbouring States would burden the State exchequer, Muniyappa said that steps would be taken so that burden in not mounted on the State.

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