- Chauhan inaugurates second phase of ‘Annapurna yojana’
- Says seventh of every month to be ‘Anna Utsav’
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has said that ‘ Anna Utsav’ will be celebrated on seventh day of every month in Madhya Pradesh. On this day, poor persons will be provided wheat and iodised salt at Re. 1 per kg and rice at Rs. 2 per kg.
He said that strict action will be taken if any irregularity is found in food grains distribution to the poor. Chauhan has also directed the divisional commissioners and district collectors to ensure that the poor get food grains of their quota. Chief Minister was addressing launch function of Mukhyamantri Annapurna ojana’s second phase here on Monday.
Chauhan said that he will develop Madhya Pradesh in such a way that no one will remain poor in the state. He said that the State Government will ensure every possible effort to improve living standard of the poor.
The State Government has decided that along with development of big cities, arrangements should also be made for the poor.
For this, houses costing up to Rs. 3 lakh each will be provided to the poor of which Rs. 70 thousand will be subsidy. Pattas of government land occupied by the poor will be given to them. Chauhan said that Mukhyamantri Annapurna ojana has begun a new revolution. The poor also have right on resources.
A good government is that helps those lagging behind in the race for development. Madhya Pradesh is pioneer in the country in growth rate. But development is meaningless unless its benefits reach shanties of the poor. Efforts are being made in the state to increase income of everyone.
Rs. 1000 crore will be spent on Mukhyamantri Annapurna ojana for the benefit of the poor. The state government has held panchayats of every section of society and chalked out schemes as per their requirements. He said that arrangements of scholarships, free uniforms and cycles have been made for students.
All citizens should educate their children. Presiding over the function, Food and Civil Supplies minister Paras Jain said that arrangements have been made under Mukhyamantri Annapurna ojana for providing whole month’s ration in one day’s wages. The scheme will benefit 74 lakh ration card holders. The State Government will also provide sugar on subsidised rates.
At the function, chief minister Chauhan distributed food grains as a token to some beneficiaries. Urban administration and development Minister Babulal Gaur, ex- CM and Bhopal MP Kailash Joshi, Vishwas Sarang, Chairman of Food and Civil Supplies Corporation Ramesh Sharma, Chairman of Minerals Development Corporation Rameshwar Sharma, Pharmacy Council President Basant Gupta, Bhopal BJP President Alok Sharma and large number of citizens were present on the occasion.
‘ Annapurna’ nothing but new name of old Central scheme: Cong
Hitting out at BJP government’s ‘ Mukhyamantri Annapurna ojana’, opposition Congress said the government had merely changed the title of the old Central scheme to provide heavily subsidised ration to BPL and APL families in Madhya Pradesh. In fact, it is union government’s fund which the state used for providing one rupee per kg wheat and Rs two per kg rice under its programme. Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman Abhay Dubey said: ” The Union government recently gave a go- ahead for reimbursement of Rs 896.31 crore – the amount of purchase and administrative tax – which the state imposed on the Centre on wheat procurement, to the state on its request.” ” The union government provided the fund to the state, through reimbursement, despite its decision to levy purchase and administrative tax being sub judice as it sought the funds in the name of providing subsidised ration to the poor,” the Congress spokesman said. Dubey claimed that the union government is already spending Rs 4276.45 crore per year on ration to BPL and APL families of Madhya Pradesh.
The state has floated Annapurana ojana, changing the title of the programme only to derive political mileage from the centre scheme. ” The Congress has opposed the change of title of centre scheme in Madhya Pradesh and if the BJP government continues so, Congress will launch the same scheme in the name of its state president across the state,” Dubey said.