Central govt. is going to provide 15 kg of wheat and rice per month at BPL Rates to backward students in hostels, orphanage, nari niketan and old age homes. Under this scheme, all such places having at-least two-third of students from Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Dalits and Other Backward Classes (OBC) can avail subsidized wheat and rice. This scheme will benefit around 1 crore students with an outlay of Rs. 4,000 crore per annum.
Now the central government will provide grains at BPL rates which is Rs. 4.15 / kg for wheat and Rs. 5.65 / kg for rice. Wheat costs Rs. 24 per kg while rice costs Rs. 32 per kg to the central govt. So, govt. will provide subsidy of Rs. 20 / kg on wheat and Rs. 26 / kg on rice.
This scheme will ensure proper nutrition to students from backward classes so that they can excel in their studies. 15 Kg subsidized wheat and rice scheme will also minimize the food shortage in various hostels. This scheme will lead to the development of socially backward classes.
Subsidized 15 Kg Wheat & Rice at BPL Rates
The important features and highlights of this subsidized 15 kg wheat and rice scheme are as follows:-
- Every student in Ambedkar Hostels will get 15 kg of wheat and rice per month at BPL rates as in these hostels all students belong to SC / ST category.
- In all other hostels either govt. or private, where at-least 2/3rd of students belong to SC / ST / OBC and OBC among minorities categories will also get 15 kg wheat and rice per month at BPL Rates. In such hostels, students from general category will also be provided with these subsidized food grains.
- This scheme of the central govt. will benefit 1 crore students.
- Central govt. will provide complete funds for the successful implementation of this scheme.
- In the first phase, this scheme will get launched in 8 states – Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Telangana, Tripura and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
- Under this scheme, central govt. will have to bear a subsidy burden of Rs. 4,000 crore.
- Maximum allocation of food grains will be limited to the 5% of the previous allocation under BPL and Antodyaya Anna Yojana prior to Food Security Act.
- Around 13 lakh 84 thousand tonne foodgrains are available for utilization across the country.
- Food Minister has also asked various states to provide the list of beneficiaries in order to roll-out this scheme as soon as possible.
Central govt. is already providing subsidized foodgrains to around 80 crore people under National Food Security Act. Under NFSA, every person is entitled for 5 kg food grains per month at Rs. 1 to Rs. 3 per kg which costs Rs. 1.5 lakh crore p.a to central govt.