Annapoorna Scheme


Under this scheme, 10 Kgs of food grains is distributed per month free of cost to destitute above the age of 65 years with no or meager subsistence.  The Government of India fixed the target at 52215, being 20% of the number of persons who are eligible for National Old Age Pension, but not getting the pension for some reasons.  The scheme is implemented in the State with effect from 14-2-2001.


Though the scheme was originally implemented as a Central Sector Scheme, the pattern of central assistance was changed in 2002-03.  Now, the scheme is implemented with additional central assistance and the level of expenditure reached during the year 2000-01 is treated as the mandatory commitment of the State Government.