ANI Photo | Centre had rice stocks available, but did not give, says Karnataka Minister

Karnataka Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao said on Thursday that the Centre had stocks of rice available but with a political motive they have stopped it across the country, not only for Karnataka in order to scuttle state’s efforts to implement the Anna Bhagya scheme.
On July 10, the Karnataka government launched the Anna Bhagya scheme for only those belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL). Under this scheme, the state government distributes money instead of rice. Under this scheme, an amount of Rs 170 is given to beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in return for an additional 5 kg of rice.
“Today when the requirement was there and when they (Central Government) had stocks available they could have given. It was unfortunate…It was done with a political motive…Because of that they now have stopped it across the country, not only for Karnataka…It is done intentionally to scuttle our efforts to implement the ‘Anna Bhagya’ scheme.”, said Dinesh Gundu Rao.
Earlier, over the same issue Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government of being anti-poor and inhumane.
The statement was made by the Karnataka CM at an event that was held at Madhugiri in Tumakuru district to celebrate the completion of 10 years of the ‘Ksheera Bhagya’ scheme, which offers milk to government schoolchildren every day.
Siddaramaiah said the ruling party denied rice to the people of Karnataka. He said that when he became the chief minister of the state, he had written to the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to supply rice for the Anna Bhagya scheme.
The FCI had assured that it would provide rice, but the centre denied it, he said. “We trusted them, but the centre denied us rice. Is the BJP pro-poor? They are not. We did not ask for rice for free. We were ready to pay for it. We were ready to pay 36 rupees (per kg) for the rice. When we asked for rice, they agreed and then backtracked. All of you must decide how despicable they are. They are anti-poor. They are inhumane,” he said.
“Before the election, when I was the CM in my previous government, I was giving you more than 5 kg of rice, but the BJP had reduced free rice to just 5 kg. We wrote to the Food Corporation of India to purchase rice from them. They replied to us, saying they had plenty of rice to sell. They assured us that they were ready to provide the rice. But the BJP denied it,” he added 

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