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Bangalore: After rice to poor, anganawadi kids, students to get milk

Bangalore: After rice to poor, anganawadi kids, students to get milk

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Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, Jul 10: Karnataka will incur an annual financial burden of Rs 4300 cr for the Congress Government’s ambitious initiative of supplying 30 kgs of rice to the poorer sections at Re 1 per kg covering nearly a crore poor families across the state as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah formally launched the ''Anna Bhagya’’ scheme in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The “Anna Bhagya” scheme was unveiled by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah here while in-charge ministers did so in district headquarters, in what the Opposition parties have dubbed as the Congress regime’s plans to improve its prospects in 2014 Lok Sabha polls at the cost of the State Exchequer.

The Chief Minister launched the scheme at a public function organized by the State Food and Civil Supplies Department at Freedom Park, near Vidhana Soudha, by weighing 30 kgs of rice in a bio-metric weighing machine.

The scheme, which the ruling Congress party had promised in its manifesto ahead of May 5 Assembly elections to benefit the below poverty line (BPL) families, was originally planned to be implemented from June 1, but postponed due to problems relating to supply.

In view of the huge cost involved, the scheme has come under criticism from some quarters, including Opposition BJP, which has dubbed the programme a “hasty decision” without doing homework merely with a view to woo the electorate.

The Chief Minister, who responded to the opposition criticism in his address at the launch function, said to implement any pro-poor scheme it is necessary that the government shows urgency.

“Can the government delay pro-people schemes, especially when large sections of the poor were unable to have three square meals a day and most of rural children were suffering from malnutrition?,” he asked.

Siddaramaiah also refuted the Opposition’s claims that the scheme is being implemented in a haste in view of the Lok Sabha polls.

“We haven’t taken this decision in view of Lok Sabha polls but in view of Congress tradition of helping the needy,” he said and declared that the party was not apologetic about its zeal and commitment to serve the poor.

The chief minister also said instead of pondering over the huge sum of money to be spent on implementation of the scheme, it is important to give food to the poor, who struggle even to get two meals in a day.

“The government is there for giving justice to the deprived and the hungry,” he said.

On criticism that the beneficiaries would become lazy, he said “If that is so, have people of Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh become lazy. Their states also have introduced similar schemes. These are baseless and politically motivated statements.”

As many as 87 lakh BPL cardholders and 11 lakh “Anthyodaya Anna Yojane” beneficiaries are covered under the scheme, under which single member cardholders would get 10 kgs of rice per month, two-member families would get 20 kgs and those with three and more members would get a maximum of 30 kgs.

To meet the huge demand, Karnataka plans to buy rice from Chhattisgarh, India’s “rice bowl”, at Rs 23.30, including the cost of transport.

State’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, former union minister and MLC M V Rajashekaran and former minister Roshan Baig, Shivajinagar MLA, were among the dignitaries who attended the function apart from several other Congress legislators.

 

After Rice to Poor, Anganawadi Kids, Students to Get Milk

Having taken care to fill the stomachs of the poorest of the poor by supplying 30 kgs of rice at Re 1 per kg under the Anna Bhagya scheme, which was launched in Bangalore and all districts on Wednesday, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has now announced that the government would also supply 150 ml of milk to all anganawadi kids and students studying in the government and aided schools from Standard I to X.

The decision has been taken in view of the increased milk procurement by the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF), the chief minister said at the launch of the Anna Bhagya scheme.

However, the milk would be supplied on three days in a week.

Students studying in all rural government and aided schools upto Standard X in rural areas are presently being supplied mid-day meal.

KMF’s milk procurement has increased from 40 lakh litres to 55 lakh litres a day.

Increase in incentive for milk producers from Rs 2 to Rs 4 a litre was a major reason for increased milk production and supply.

Noting that milk would be supplied to lakhs of anganawadi kids and schoolchildren in the morning, Siddaramaiah said it would help in increasing school attendance and learning skills of children.

The supply of milk would also address the problems of child malnutrition in districts such as Raichur, Koppal, Gulbarga and Yadgir, he said.

The Chief Minister is expected to announce more details of the milk programme in the State budget to be presented on Friday.

 

 

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  • Calvin, Surathkal/USA

    Sat, Jul 13 2013

    I don't care what others say.
    May our LORD bless our CM Shri Siddharamaiah for his great initiatives in helping the poor and downtrodden. For longer term, we need to improve the economy but for now we cannot let our poor starve to death.

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  • Capt Walters, Mangalore / Fano, Italia

    Fri, Jul 12 2013

    Dear Mr. Ismail,
    You are replying from KSA, which means Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    You are full of bull.
    What freedom do you have?

    DisAgree [1] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse

  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    FOOD SAFETY BILL & ANNA BAGYA YOJANA IN KARNATAKA MAKE IT HARD FOR BJP IN KARNATAKA AND IN NATIONAL LEVEL.IF ABOVE SUVIDHS REACHES TO HAVES NOT THEN POLITICALLY CONGRESS MAY REVIVE IT'S FUTURE TO OPTIMISTIC TO CERTAIN?

    DisAgree [3] Agree [15] Reply Report Abuse

  • FLAVIAN DSOUZA, CHIK/BANAGLORE

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Great initiative again from CM Siddu. The focus now should be create employment opportunties for people. This is already started with the new proposal for banaglore mumbai industrial corridor. Huge opportunties along the entire highway. This along with the gas pipeline from GAIL will ensure industry will have no problems getting power or setting up own captive power plants. CM has also proposed manufcaturing,textile , agri zones, warehouses along the 1000 km corridor.Tumkur is where a national investment and manufacturing zone (NIMZ) has been planned. NIMZ would be integrated industrial township spread over 5,000 hectres.Good thoughts and progress in the right direction

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/DUBAI

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    CHARLES DMELLO/PANGLA.
    DEAR CHARLES,WE DONT WANT SIDDUS LIQUOR IN DUBAI..BUT WHEN WE COME DOWN TO OUR SWEET KARNATAKA, AT LEAST HAVE A PEG AND ENJOY WITH OUR PEOPLE..!

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  • Naveen D'souza, Valencia-Kuwait

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    TAKE FROM RICH PEOPLE AND DISTRIBUTE TO POOR. THIS GOOD SIGN SIDUJI IS DOING NOW.

    DisAgree [1] Agree [8] Reply Report Abuse

  • DINESH SHETTY, PADUBIDRI/DUBAI

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Some Religious Places Like Dharmastala,Subramanya,Kollur,Ullal
    Mosque,Mangalore Church...etc can also take part in distributing milk
    to the school children of our Dist..
    This can reduce the burden of our Govt..

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    This is a good begining from the Congress on taking over the power of Karnataka by distributing rice to poor who deserves assistance from the government for their survival.Better to start the other schemes of helping the students,anganwadi kids by free milk for their nourishment.The only importatnt task is btter not to allow any mediators or middleman in these schemes and make the destribution system full proof without any bottle necks.All the best.Thanq.

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    It is in Karnataka now it is raining,yes it is siddu raining with milk and rice!!. Good start.

    DisAgree [3] Agree [13] Reply Report Abuse

  • prem, Moodbidri

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    @ BJP lead Nagesh maam
    It's strange, you people had no issues, when BJP d rice for 1 rupee per Kg, in their last election agenda !!!

    annadata sukhibhava...

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  • preetham, abudhabi

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Yeah that is your future hero yediyurappa.

    DisAgree [4] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse

  • naveen, manglalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    two ways you can prepare the poor students to exam, give him proper teaching & study material or give him answer paper before
    short term success with more& more poor students for future. Am sure the official BPL number is already started increasing

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  • kishor, mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    CM should take some idea from MR. MODIJI to improve agriculture sector before implement of such vote bank scheme

    DisAgree [25] Agree [5] Reply Report Abuse

  • prem, Moodbidri

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Feku's faking is not election scheme ???

    DisAgree [3] Agree [8] Reply Report Abuse

  • krishna, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    I dont think you pay a single paisa as tax.. That is why you give all this sort of comments

    DisAgree [3] Agree [13] Reply Report Abuse

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    BJP ka dabba gul........

    DisAgree [9] Agree [28] Reply Report Abuse

  • kishor, mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    U BETTER TO JOIN CONGRESS

    DisAgree [5] Agree [15] Reply Report Abuse

  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    I am already on their advisory committee....

    DisAgree [1] Agree [12] Reply Report Abuse

  • Nawaz Ismail Moolur, Al Jubail

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    MAATHIGE THAPPALAARENU.... Mr.Siddaramayya and Government of Karnataka done very good work.. The importance of this Scheme will get from poor people.. here we need to take care that, should get the rice to all BPL people..
    and also appreciated that the students will get the Milk and also here we take care that the milk is not mixed with more Water.

    DisAgree [2] Agree [18] Reply Report Abuse

  • M.Abubakar, Kaup/Dubai

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Good job!!!

    DisAgree [3] Agree [9] Reply Report Abuse

  • prem, Moodbidri

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Even BJP had rice for 1 rupee in their last assembly election. That time no BJP supporter opposed it. Now when Congress has implemented it as they promised... why BJP supporters getting suffocated ?

    Siddu plan of providing rice for 1 rupee per kg, MAY or MAY NOT be successful, but at least he started it as promised, which is appreciable.

    DisAgree [4] Agree [23] Reply Report Abuse

  • Mohd Ahmed Rehman B., Gorigudda / Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    'Anna Tuttu Bagya' is better strategy holistic approach to win the elections than BJP's communal vigilance for violence, disturbance to spill community hardheartedness, non-secular, non-democratic misrule.

    DisAgree Agree [29] Reply Report Abuse

  • Stany D'sa, Balehonnur/Dubai

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    This is fantastic and Siddu is doing really a great job and God bless for his thoughtful and wise concern for poor. The poor of India has every liberty to enjoy life and tax payers can afford to help them. If some one says the poor being exploited is utterly baseless. Jai ho Siddu.

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  • D'souza, Dubai

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Siddu I call him the IRON MAN! Man of his words, after all these objections he was firm and did what he thought was best, that's how you lead..

    DisAgree [5] Agree [13] Reply Report Abuse

  • C Sharath, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    Ismail Bhai...GK Parameshwar oorud Ijjera ???

    DisAgree [4] Agree [6] Reply Report Abuse

  • ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Sharth Bhai,

    Yes, I have same question.What to do..Mr Parameshawar is a Mr Clean like Siddu but in electoral politics,he failed to make it to playing ELEVEN.You Know Siddu's 30KG RICE FOR BPL is a political tsunami which don't cares who are with in or out!!!Likewise Central Govt's FOOD SAFETY BILL also type of political tsunami which may victimize NDA's PM candidate!!!!

    DisAgree [2] Agree [21] Reply Report Abuse

  • C Sharath, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Oh..sorry, I thought it was Congress's scheme, not Siddhu's Scheme. May be the co-ordination committee may have some work now.

    DisAgree [11] Agree [2] Reply Report Abuse

  • Leslie fernandes, Brahmagiri, Udupi

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    LONG TERM THOUGHT BEYOND 5 YEARS IS A NEED OF THE TIME FOR ENTIRE INDIA.
    POPULIST NEASURES MUST NOT BECOME EXTRA SELF CENTRIC.
    SUSTAINABLE DELIVERANCE IS WHAT EVERY INDIAN IS IN NEED OF.
    BAGSFUL OF RHETORIC CAN BE MISLEADING AND OFTEN WILL NOT STAND THE TEST OF TIMES.
    SOMEONE HAS WISELY SAID
    'ONE NEED NOT FEED THE HUNGRY FOR LONG...BUT ONE HAS TO FACILITATE THE HUNGRY TO FIND HIS OWN FOOD...'

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  • C sharath, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    Technically on a short term if this is successful it may generate some extra votes to congress, but in long term the Govt just added up to the labour problems in the agriculture sector. First of all Govts are not doing anything to promote agriculture and encourage people to get back to farming who have left it because of labour problems. Cheap votebank schemes like these will only add up to already existing labour problems. Now the only reason people have to bend their back to work is only for a Quarter bottle in the evening. If that is also given as a freebie by the Govt then it will "RAMARAAJYA".

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    FEKUS and DUMBOS will now disappear from INDIA........

    DisAgree [3] Agree [15] Reply Report Abuse

  • KRPrabhu,

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Only scamos will rule India.....
    Jai ho scamos...

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  • Ronald Aloysius, Bejai,Mmangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    People Talk both way:-

    If not...... then 'Government does not give anything to poor' people.

    When government gives .....'peoples tax money'

    Then how to go about?

    Big Talk people want to 'remain poor people poor only' and "Rich to become more Richer and Rich"

    What a BIG TALK yaaar!!!!.

    'As a rule man is pool
    when it's hot
    he needs cold
    when it's cold
    he want HOT
    always
    wanting
    what is NOT'

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman / Washington,DC

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    People,

    In my opinion Siddu should give a cow to each BPL family so they become self sufficiant....

    May be free CCTV too...to see nobody steal the cow....

    Cycle is unproductive...Cow is productive folks...common please dont rush to hit disagree button...

    ESKEY should be happy man now....

    JH....

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  • ESKEY, UDUPI

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Langoolanna,
    Please don't give me 'free' advice. You very well know I am still looking for a partner (with capital)
    If you are willing, then convey your consent to Flavian.
    I already have a CEO (honorary post) who is yet to confirm his position.
    But to my misery, you have already started aggressive marketing (that too voluntarily which is appreciable) and many prospective clients eagerly waiting (some scratching their foreheads) and I am struggling alone.
    I thought we should first concentrate on houses Sir then slowly we can expand it to Free-Cows scheme soon to be introduced by our beloved CM now popularly known as ‘Onji rupayida CM’ (much better than ‘Muji kasada CM’ isn't it?)
    By the way which ‘monkey’ that Nageshmam is referring to?

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  • Anand, Karkala

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    The milk will cost Congress in future. The nutrition effect - same children would give a big blow.

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  • Narendra Prabhu, Sullia/Bangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    Mid day meal , milk for school children are good schemes which will increase school attendance of children. In Tamilnadu it has even reduced population growth ! because those educated girls knew the importance of family planning when the grew up.

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  • Gabriel Francis ( Gabbu), Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    Siddaramaiah led congress government, despite all hurdles and nibbling by opposition, implemented its promise of supplying Rice to poor in record time, which in my opinion, no other government has done so far. Siddhu is helping nearly a crore population in Karnataka by giving rice at subsidized rate.

    Siddus plan to boost Milk production and to distribute excess milk to students from 1 to 10th is superb contribution. Milk revolution which wil help farmers and indirectly helping kids to get nutrition by supplying milk - fantastic help to kids. I am sure by consuming Milk, kids wont become Lazy.

    I have a paradox that why big looters like Reddy, yeddy, Eeshu, Palemar, SM, DKS, Kumara etc. have not become lazy despite having asserts in billions of rupees. These people have excess to eat and feast on. But their hardwork to swindle more money never stops. Moral of the story is dont eat and sleep... rather work more for earning more.

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  • Abbu, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    Guys relax. People can not eat this rice straight from the bag. They need water and heating device atleast to make congi which costs money and a shelter. Govt is alliviating thier budden by atleast providing them with subsidized rice. So, don't think that people will eat this raw rice alone and become lazy, they need to earn money to get other ingredients that goes with rice. Have some common sense.

    DisAgree [17] Agree [18] Reply Report Abuse

  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    Slowly Sidduji......some people may get strokes here.

    DisAgree [6] Agree [27] Reply Report Abuse

  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    1/3 of the Indian population is struggling greatly and every state has a greater responsibility to give food to the hungry through curtailing the unnecessary expenditures and pomp parades. On the other hand, every State must try to create some jobs for those people who can work and make some money to create productivity and prosperity to each State.

    DisAgree Agree [24] Reply Report Abuse

  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    " MANGANA KAIYALLI MAANIKYA"

    PROVERB FITS FOR SIDDU AND CO.

    DisAgree [91] Agree [13] Reply Report Abuse

  • Langoolacharya, Belman / Washington,DC

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    What about free CCTV Nageshmaam???

    JH......

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  • Benny, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    Well said Nagesh. These monkeys will pay off all the tax revenue to millions of bangladeshi migrants now settled in Karnataka. The middleclass kannadiga will continue to toil without benefits.This is the final nail on the coffin, there is no more hope for Karnataka as long as this scheme bleeds the treasury.

    DisAgree [60] Agree [9] Reply Report Abuse

  • Aloka Nath, Bengaluru

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Benny,
    You people want Bangladeshis or Biharis to slog in your plantations and pay them whatever little only for them to survive and serve you. When they demand better service conditions you complain. When they dominate you fight them in the name of immigarants or religion or anything.

    DisAgree Agree [3] Reply Report Abuse

  • Joslyn Rooswelt, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2013

    Comments r like maanikya..
    now decide who is manga...?

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  • lukas, malpe

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    while start good scheme for the poor why some people say that BPL card worker will stop work.no one will stop work every have one ambition to become Rich except 5% people.so subsidy should stop for the petrol and diesel and LPG all these are used by the Rich and middle class people.

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/DUBAI

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    DEAR SIDDHU,RICE CAME,MILK CAME ..WHERE IS THE LIQUOR..? FULFIL YOUR PROMISE..NOW WE CAN CALL KARNATAKA IS RAMA RAJYA..

    DisAgree [23] Agree [23] Reply Report Abuse

  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    Dear Cyril...do expect him to supply cheap liquor to Dubai....??

    DisAgree [4] Agree [13] Reply Report Abuse

  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 10 2013

    Milk to students is good scheme!

    People starving for food is shame to the nation specially to ULTRA RICH!
    But giving Rs.1/1kg rice is very bad economics.
    Freebees should only be given to the poor, who can not be employed.

    Dear C.M. when you can afford to give rice free, definitely you can give jobs to BPL people otherwise they will stop working.
    Next year surely C.M. will find 2 crore people below poverty line!
    What a disaster in waiting to happen?

    DisAgree [21] Agree [30] Reply Report Abuse

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