The Central Government is going to distribute 15 kg wheat and rice every month at BPL Rates to the students belonging to backward students in hostels, orphanage, nari niketan and old age homes. The subsidized foodgrains will be provided in those hostels where at least two-thirds of all students are from Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.Under this scheme, the central government will benefit about 1 crore students at an expense of Rs. 4,000 crore per year
15 KG Wheat & Rice for SC/ST/OBC/Dalit Students
Under this scheme, the central government will provide wheat and rice to the students at BPL rates i.e. Rs. 4.15 / kg for wheat and Rs. 5.65 / kg for rice. While in the market, Wheat costs Rs. 24 per kg while rice costs Rs. 32 per kg. In this way, the central government will provide a subsidy of Rs. 20 / kg on wheat and Rs. 26 / kg on rice.
Through this scheme, the proper nutrition of students belonging to backward classes will be ensured so that they can excel in their studies. These 15 Kg subsidized wheat and rice scheme will also reduce the shortage of in various hostels. It will also help to develop the socially backward classes.
Subsidized 15 Kg Wheat & Rice at BPL Rates
Here are the features and highlights of this subsidized 15 kg wheat and rice scheme –
- All the students of Ambedkar Hostels will get 15 kg of wheat and rice every month at BPL rates as in these hostels all students belong to SC / ST category.
- Besides this, in those hostels which are government or private, in which at-least 2/3rd of students belong to SC / ST / OBC and OBC among minorities categories will also get 15 kg wheat and rice every month at BPL Rates. Besides this, in such hostels, students from general category will also be provided with these subsidized food grains.
- This scheme will benefit about 1 crore students.
- In the first phase of the scheme, it will be implemented in 8 states – Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Telangana, Tripura and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
- Besides this, the central government will have to bear a subsidy burden of Rs. 4,000 crore.
- The 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.
- About 13,84,000 thousand tonne foodgrains are available for utilization throughout the nation.
- For the implementation of the scheme, the food Minister has also asked various states to provide the list of beneficiaries.