Assam ANNA Scheme 2021 – Free Rice to All NFSA Beneficiaries | Affordable Nutrition & Nourishment Assistance Yojana

The onset of the pandemic has brought to light several issues. While the death of thousands either through disease or lack of finances and nutrition is now a piece of everyday news, there are state governments trying to find a lucrative solution to the problem and save as many lives as they possibly can.

In order to help with the situation and bring a sigh of relief to the lives of people in Assam, the state government has announced a new Affordable Nutrition and Nourishment Assistance (ANNA) yojana for poor people. Under this scheme, the state government aims to strengthen food security among people and it is said to impact the lives of 59 lakh households in Assam.

Objectives of the scheme

The main purpose of the scheme is to serve the poor citizens of Assam, especially children and women nutritious and timely meals every day. Rice is a staple for the people of Assam, and therefore, the government is offering the commodity at lower prices under a specific food subsidization programme, which basically is a big step towards making sure that the health of the citizens is at the forefront of governmental schemes.

Implementation of the ANNA scheme

The main aim of the ANNA scheme is to provide rice to the people of Assam at subsidized rates. The state government promised the people and is offering rice to the people at ₹1 per kilogram at first, and later on, it was made completely free for all beneficiaries under the National Food security act.

The state government clearly does not intend to stop at just offering free rice. The Assam state government has even gone beyond the mandate of the National Food Security Act’s provision of offering rice at ₹3 per kg to the people. This simple move has immensely benefitted roughly about 59 lakh families in the state and the total amount of subsidy value offered under this scheme stands to be a whopping ₹767.98 crores.

Over the year, this subsidy has helped households at least put up some meal for their family members, thereby keeping them from being starved, which only makes this pandemic all the more unbearable.

Wrapping it up

For the people of Assam, things might have already seemed bleak, as jobs and opportunities were both scarce up northeast. The onset of the pandemic ensured that family members who left their houses and worked in Metro cities also lost their jobs and that just made living all the more difficult.

With free rice offered, people at least have one worry off of their heads – a growling belly. By having enough to put together as a meal, people will sleep with fuller bellies and get through the pandemic in a much better manner.

And while authorities are trying to put together a vaccination campaign to help the people fight COVID-19, such schemes will help people maintain – if not enhance – their immunity to keep the disease at bay for as long as they can. 

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Schemes launched by the state government

The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.