Three years after the introduction of the National Food Security Act, the Gujarat government today implemented it across the state re-christening it as “Maa Annapurna Yojna”, drawing the ire of Congress which accused the BJP of hijacking their pet programme.
“Maa Annapurna Yojna”, was simultaneously launched from all the districts of the state on the BJP Foundation Day today, with Chief Minister Anandiben Patel seeking to give credit for the scheme to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and urging people to retain the government which brings such pro-poor schemes, keeping in mind the 2017 state elections.
Opposition Congress accused the BJP of “hijacking their pet programme”, saying that only the party of Modi and Patel can do such a thing blatantly.
They said that it was only after Supreme Court reprimand that the state is implementing the Food Security Act.
“When Congress was ruling this state, only 1.88 crore people were given food-grains at subsidised rates prior to 1995. Now, under this Maa Annapurna Yojna, 3.82 crore people of Gujarat will be benefited. Each of them will get rice at Rs 3 per kg and wheat at Rs 2 per kg,” said Patel in her address without mentioning once that it was a previous UPA act which she was implementing.
She even slammed past Congress governments in Gujarat for “not understanding the pain of poor citizens”.
“Out of 35 kg given at subsidized rates during Congress rule, only 16 kg of food-grain was given at those rates, while for the remaining 19 kg, government used to charge Rs 7.70. Now, PM Modi removed this condition and has announced to give the entire 35 kg of food-grain at subsidized rates,” she said.
Patel claimed that Modi is the first PM of India who took care of poor citizens.
“Due to efforts of Modiji, many poor citizens, including widows and those farmers who lost their crops, are now covered under this scheme and they no longer have to worry about feeding their families. No other PM has thought about poor people in the past,” claimed Patel.
Though the implementation of the Act started in Gujarat from April 1, it was officially launched by the CM on the foundation day of BJP today. Other ministers simultaneously launched the scheme from different parts of state today.