Public outcry as Bharat rice scheme faces initial availability issues

Daijiworld Media Network – Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Feb 22: The union government's launch of the Bharat rice scheme under the Bharath Brand project aimed to ease life for all has sparked public rage due to initial unavailability.

Mobile vans flagged off by the union government in Karnataka on February 6 were intended to distribute rice at a subsidized rate of Rs 29 per kg, with each person eligible for 10 kg. However, the public has expressed frustration as the rice remains inaccessible, with many viewing the scheme as an election gimmick by the union government.

The union government's directive to purchase rice under the Bharat rice scheme without the need for Aadhar card, BPL, or APL card, simply through mobile registration, has encountered significant hurdles. Despite claims of availability through online platforms like Reliance, Flipkart, and BigBasket, stocks remain scarce.

The hurried implementation of the scheme has resulted in widespread shortages and unavailability of rice. The union government is exerting pressure on rice traders and mill owners to contribute their stocks, exacerbating the situation. However, the public faces confusion as to where the rice is available and in what quantities, adding to the challenge of accessing the subsidized grains.

In Karnataka, while BPL cardholders receive 5 kg of free rice and APL cardholders are entitled to 10 kg at Rs 15 per kg, many families lack both types of cards. Migrant laborers were hopeful for access to rice at Rs 29 per kilo under the Bharath rice scheme, but stocks are non-existent in Karnataka.

The union government's promise to deliver Bharath rice has faltered, leaving the public frustrated. Attempts to obtain the rice from APMCs are met with redirection to the BJP, while the Bengaluru BJP unit claims insufficient knowledge of the scheme, requesting time for clarification.

The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited (NAFED) has undertaken the responsibility of supplying rice, pulses, and wheat flour at discounted rates.

Jyoti Patil, the head of NAFED's Karnataka division, revealed that while there is significant demand for Bharath rice, stocks are currently limited. “Efforts are underway to procure stocks through discussions with mill owners, with sales expected to commence once sufficient supplies are secured. Presently, 600 tonnes of rice have been sold, but demand continues to outstrip availability. Rice is currently being distributed at NAFED office premises near Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru, as well as through mobile vans and Reliance outlets. Interested individuals can purchase up to 10 kg of rice per person at a discounted rate of Rs 27.50 per kg by providing their mobile number. Additionally, wheat flour distribution is underway in select locations, while chickpea flour is available at Rs 60 per kg, excluding Bengaluru,” she said.





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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore Kudla

    Fri, Feb 23 2024

    The government ought to encourage the consumption of boiled rice, as it serves as a staple diet for numerous communities, including Shudra Tuluvas like Bunts, Billavas,etc as well as Beary, Christian, and Malayali communities

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Boiled rice, we eat boiled rice, it is nutritious and not just starch paste. Where is boiled rice

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  • Prakash, Uppinangady

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Another Jumla by BJ Party

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    All Bharat Rice trucks were diverted to UP, Gujarat, Behar, and M.Pradesh by R. Ashoka and B.S.Y Vijayendra. Bharat rice scheme is similar to ujala band bajala scheme.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    The central Government is all bogus. Total fake promises.............. People just trusting the central Government in the name religion.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Luckily this scheme was not initiated by the Congress ...

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