Karnataka government will modify Anna Bhagya scheme and according to the new decision taken by it will distribute cash coupons instead of food grains being distributed at ration shops in the state. As many as 3,000 beneficiaries of the scheme in three districts will get cash coupons instead of food grain by a pilot project to be introduced from January 2017 onward.
Speaking to the reporters here at Vikasa Soudha in the state capital on Wednesday, Karnataka state Minister for Food and Public Distribution UT Khader said, food grains for required for Anna Bhagya scheme are being supplied by the North Indian states and there are complaints with regard to the quality of food grains being supplied under the scheme. To resolve these issues the ministry will start distributing cash coupons on experimental basis from January onward.
Under the new scheme, the home maker should obtain cash coupon instead of food coupon to avail the food grains. The home maker should register her bio-metric details with the ministry and based on the amount deposited in her account she can purchase any food grain from the private provisional shops.
The food and civil supply department will select private provision stores to accept the cash coupons and distribute quality food grains according to the choice and preference of the beneficiary to ensure the quality of the commodities. A pilot project will be implemented in Mangaluru, Bengaluru and Mysuru from January 2017 onward.
The provisional shops selected by the food and civil supply department should keep a laptop and bio-metric machine to distribute food commodities. According to the scheme, the cash will be deposited in the bank account of the beneficiary and once commodities purchased then the amount digitally transacted to the shop owner’s account. The government has fixed Rs 27 for rice followed by Rs 20 for sugar and Rs 27 for wheat, corn and others. A five member family will get a cash coupon worth Rs 800.