Amid demand from several legislators of the ruling coalition as well as those from the Opposition BJP seeking withdrawal of the proposal to reduce the quantum of rice being provided to BPL card holders under the Anna Bhagya scheme from 7 kg to 5 kg a month, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday did not commit on the demand firmly and said he would “review” it.
While the monthly quota of rice of 7 kg is proposed to be brought down to 5 kg, the State had planned to increase the monthly quota of toor from half a kg per family to half a kg per person besides reintroducing fortified salt and oil, to increase the quality of the food basket under the Anna Bhagya scheme.
However, legislators, cutting across party lines, had sought restoration of the quantum of rice. The former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who introduced the scheme, had written to Mr. Kumaraswamy expressing his opposition to the proposal.
Sources close to the Chief Minister, however, said the State government was likely to withdrawal of the proposal to reduce the quantum of rice in the coming days.
“To do this, the quantum of toor has to be brought down. It would have not gone down well with the Opposition,” sources said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kumaraswamy, in his reply to the discussion on the budget in the Legislative Assembly, said the number of ration cards had gone up from 1 crore to 1.29 crore.
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