The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy administration in Andhra Pradesh has launched a direct money switch scheme for purchasers who don’t want to buy rice from honest worth retailers underneath the general public distribution system.
The system shall be applied on a pilot foundation in chosen areas of the state starting in May, in response to state civil provide and client affairs minister Karumuri Venkata Nageswara Rao. “A survey on the plan’s implementation will be undertaken, and depending on the results, actions will be taken to expand the scheme throughout the State,” he said.
The scheme could be applied in Visakhapatnam, Anakapalle, Narasapuram, Kakinada, and Nandyal districts within the first section. According to this association, the federal government would give the individuals a money sum in lieu of their ration quota of rice supplied by way of the general public distribution system’s honest worth retailers.
A consent letter to this impact must be signed by the beneficiaries. The village volunteers have already begun amassing consent from the beneficiaries within the areas designated for the take a look at venture, which is able to shut this weekend.
On April 25, the native income officer would look at the purposes earlier than sending them to the tehsildar for approval. With impact from May 1, after the tehsildar approves, the cash shall be credited to the accounts of the recipients who don’t want rice.
“It’s merely voluntary; there’s no obligation.” The recipients have the choice of receiving money or rice rations. Even if a recipient chooses money over ration rice, she or he can alter his or her thoughts the following month if essential,” the minister defined.
The administration has not but determined how a lot cash could be supplied to the recipients in lieu of rice. “ For a kilogramme of rice, it may be anywhere between Rs15 and Rs16,” an official of the civil provides division mentioned on the situation of anonymity.
In the three Union Territories of Chandigarh, Puducherry, and concrete elements of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, the system of direct switch of money into the financial institution accounts of PDS recipients, reasonably than distributing meals grains, is already being applied on an experimental foundation.
The scheme of money switch of meals subsidy was being applied as per provisions of the Cash Transfer of Food Subsidy Rules, 2015, notified underneath the National Food Security Act, 2013, in response to a press release made by Union minister of state for client affairs Danve Rao Saheb Dadarao within the Rajya Sabha final 12 months (NFSA).
In states like Andhra Pradesh, the place the PDS was being applied properly, retired IAS official and former Union Secretary (finance) E A S Sarma said the money switch mechanism as a substitute of rationing meals to customers was not applicable.
“We have a solid ration store dealer network, and PDS rice is now being delivered straight to consumers’ doorsteps at a reduced price.” They will not be capable of get the same amount on the similar worth on the open market,” he defined.
Furthermore, there’s a good likelihood that the cash shall be spent on one thing else — males for liquor, girls for different trivial home objects. “It will eventually damage people’s food security,” he warned.
The plan to substitute money for PDS rice, in response to senior Telugu Desam Party politician Gorantla Buchaiah Chowdary, could be a significant setback for the notion of meals safety. “TDP founder and former chief minister N T Rama Rao introduced a Rs 2 per kilogramme rice plan to assure impoverished people’s food security. People will now be obliged to buy rice on the open market at exorbitant prices,” he mentioned.
Somu Veerraju, the state head of the BJP, mentioned that the choice to place cash into client accounts as a substitute of rice was the results of a large-scale conspiracy. He mentioned that the federal government was aiming to progressively section out ration playing cards and export rice overseas to realize massive sums of cash.
However, the state’s civil provide and client affairs minister denied the costs, claiming that nobody would lose their ration playing cards in the event that they selected money switch. He said, “We will continue to give ration cards to qualified recipients.”