Like other parts of the country, Department of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution in J&K is implementing AAY Scheme with effect from April, 2001 in order to ameliorate the plight of the poor/weaker sections of this State. Under this Scheme, 2,56000 families ( poorest of poor amongst the BPL families) have been identified who are being provided food grains at much more subsidized rates at a uniform scale of 35 Kgs per family per month is given. 8960 MTs of food grains is being provided and distributed among these deserving families.



Further, the CAPD Department is also implementing Annapurna Scheme in the State with effect from 1.4.2001 to give coverage to such senior citizens, who are destitute having no source of income, one above the age of 65 years and not covered under National Old Age Pension Scheme. Under the Scheme 10 Kgs of foodgrains per head per month is provided to 10220 Souls free of cost.


There are 7.36 Lac Below Poverty Line ( BPL) families in the State including 2.56 lac Antyodaya Anna Yojna ( AAY) families. While identifying the BPL families the thrust is to be include the really poor and vulnerable sections of the society such as landless agriculture labours, marginal farmers, rural artisans/craftsman such porters, tappers, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters etc. in the rural arrears and slum dwellers and persons earning their livelihood on daily basis in the informal sector like potters, rickshaw-pullers, cart-pullers, fruit and flower sellers on the pavement etc in urban areas. The Gram -Panchayats and Gram -Sabah’s are also  involved in the identification of eligible families.


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