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Government Of Assam Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs

Public Distribution System

Overview

Against the given target of 19.06 lakh beneficiaries of BPL families, the State already achieved the target by selecting, providing distinctive F.I. cards and also distributed PDS items at subsidized rates to the selected beneficiaries. It is to be noted here that out of these 19.06 lakh selected beneficiaries, 12.02 lakhs of beneficiaries take PDS benefits as BPL families and rest 7.04 lakhs of beneficiaries are included under AAY category families as per direction and guidelines of the Central Government.

The following schemes are implemented under the Targeted Public Distribution System:

1. The Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY)

The Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme is in implementation since November, 2001 in the state as per GOI's guidelines. Against the target of 7.04 lakhs of beneficiaries for AAY, the State already converted 7.04 lakhs of existing BPL families into AAY category as per the direction of the Central Government.

The selected AAY families of the State are provided with highly subsidized rice @35 kg per family per month at Rs. 3/- per kg. The transportation charges @Rs.30/- per quintal for carrying AAY rice from the concerning FSD of FCI to the retail outlets of GPSS, WCCS, Fair Price Shops are provided to the PDS Nominees by the State Government under Non-plan.

2. MukhyaMantri Anna SurakshaYojana (MMASY)

The scheme originally envisaged providing of 20 kg rice to each beneficiary family per month at Rs. 6 per kg against a special FIC. This scheme was launched by Hon'ble Chief Minister Assam on 2nd October 2010 at RabindraBhawan, Guwahati. 20 lakh families were getting benefit under this scheme. Initially 10,000 families per Legislative Assembly constituency were selected by notified Selection Committee under the supervisions of the Deputy Commissioner/Principal Secretaries. The target later was increased to 15,000 families per LA Constituency. The Second Phase of the scheme also covered the beneficiary families in the erosion affected areas, Char areas, tea garden community and vulnerable Inter-State and Inter-District boundaries.Lately the beneficiaries were provided with 5.9 kg of subsidized rice at BPL rate upon production of distinctive Ration Card. However, at present due to the implementation of NFSA'13 where most of the MMASY families have been included, the allocation of MMASY has been kept in abeyance since Oct, 2015 until further order.

3. The Schemes under NFSA'13

The National Food Security Act, 2013 has been implemented in the State of Assam since December 2015 and under NFSA'13 , 84.17% of Rural population and 60.35% of Urban population (as per Census 2011) of the state are covered to distribute rice at highly subsidized rate of Rs 3.00 per kg. The total population benefitted under NFSA'13 in the state is 2.52 crore. There are two categories of beneficiaries under NFSA'13:

  • AAY Beneficiaries provided 35 kg of rice per Family at Rs 3.00 per kg
  • Priority Household Beneficiaries provided 5 kg of Rice per Member at Rs 3.00 per kg.

The Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme is in implementation since November, 2001 in the state as per GOI's guidelines. The State has 7.04 lakhs of AAY families as per the direction of the Central Government. and all these AAY families are selected under NFSA'13 and are provided with highly subsidized rice @35 kg per family per month at Rs. 3/- per kg.

The Priority Household beneficiaries are comprised of all the eligible families from the erstwhile categories of BPL, APL, MMASY FICs under PDS/TPDS. The new applicants are also considered under Priority Household category. The Priority Household beneficiaries are provided with 5 kg of Rice /family member at Rs 3.00 per Kg.

The Transportation Cost and Commission for the above is borne by the Central and State Governments.

4. S.K.Oil Allocation:

The Government of India allocates 80352 KL of S K Oil to the Government of Assam for the month of Jan, Feb & March 2016 (26784 KL for each month).The Government of India allocates 76332 KL of S K Oil to the Government of Assam for the month of April, May&June 2016.

5. Tide Over Allocation:

Apart from the allocation of Rice under NFSA'13 from the month of Dec, 2015, the Government of India has been allocationg8272 MT of Wheat per month under Tide Over Allocation.