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No rice for Anna Bhagya scheme: State to procure rice from Chattisgarh?

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Bengaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is expected to hold a meeting with Food and Civil Supplies officials on Saturday to decide whether it’s possible to procure rice from Chattisgarh for the Anna Bhagya scheme.

Earlier, speaking to reporters here on Saturday, CM Siddaramaiah said that the State government had earlier decided to procure rice from Telangana but Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao informed that there was not enough stock in the State to provide rice to Karnataka. “I have asked the chief secretary to discuss with the Andhra government,” he said. Meanwhile, he said that the Chattisgarh government has agreed to provide rice up to 1.5 lakh tonnes to the State government but it would be expensive for us besides the transportation costs too would be a burden.

It may be recalled here that chief minister Siddaramaiah has been claiming that the Centre is conspiring to deprive the state government of its requisite share of rice to be provided under the Anna Bhagya scheme. Under the scheme, the State government has promised to give an additional 5 kg of rice along with 5 kg of rice given by the Centre (in total 10 kg of rice) to the poor. CM Siddaramaiah had blamed the Food Corporation of India of backtracking on providing additional quantities of rice for the State government. The State needs 2.28 lakh metric tonnes of rice to be distributed under the Anna Bhagya scheme, every month.

As the Congress government is bound by its guarantee of Anna Bhagya scheme, the State government is holding a meeting of officials to procure rice from Chattisgarh government. Apart from Chattisgarh, the State government has also approached Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh states.

– Team Mysoorunews

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