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In context of above poverty line population, only about 1% takes ration from the ration shop. On 2nd may 2003, the survey on BPL mentioned that actual number of BPL is quite large.

Speaking on Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), Mr. Jain said that  AAY contemplates identification of one crore poorest of the poor families from amongst the  BPL families covered under TPDS within the States and providing them food grains at a highly subsidized rate of Rs.2/ per kg. For wheat and Rs. 3/ per kg for rice.  The States/UTs are required to bear the distribution cost, including margin to dealers and retailers as well as the transportation cost.  Thus the entire food subsidy is being passed on to the consumers under the scheme. Making suggestion on the scheme he said that AAY card should specially be given also to disabled women, pregnant women, widow, senior citizen and primitive tribal groups,

While elaborating he also noted that as per Supreme Court order, Ration shops should maintain carbon copies of all the records.

Migrant’s workers and PDS – Nashik Experience4 – Ms. Anjali Borade, Disha Foundation

Disha Foundation has been working with migrant workers in Nasik since last five years. According to our study. Appr. 8,000 seasonal migrant workers migrate to Nasik every year with families. They stay without any basic amenities in Nasik and work as construction workers, agriculture workers and causal labourers. These workers face food insecurity due to irregular employment. While analysis of PDS system shows that there

4 Based upon the PowerPoint presentation of the speaker

Report: Two-day state level workshop on ‘Right to Food’

17 – 18 September 2005, Nagpur.

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