'Rs 29,151cr allocated under schemes for BPL families in FY13'

'Rs 29,151cr allocated under schemes for BPL families in FY13' New Delhi: The government has allocated Rs 29,151.89 crore in 2012-13 under various schemes for benefit of families living Below Poverty Line (BPL), the Minister of State for Planning Rajeev Shukla said in Parliament Wednesday.

For the year 2012-13, government allocated Rs 11,075 crore under the Indira Awaas Yojana for the benefit of BPL families, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning Rajeev Shukla said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

Under Swaranjayanti Swarozgar Yojana/ National Rural Livelihood Mission Rs 3,915 crore was allocated, Rs 8,447.30 crore under the National Social Assistance Programme, Rs 814.59 crore under the Swaran Jayanti Sahari Rozgar Yojana and Rs 4,900 crore under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana.

Also, under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS),"government is making allocation of foodgrains for accepted number of 6.52 crore Below Poverty Line families, including 2.43 crore Antyodaya Anna Yojana families at 35 kilogram per family per month."

Shukla said the allocation of foodgrains for Above Poverty Line (APL) families are made depending upon availability of foodgrains stocks in the central pool and past off take by states/union territories (UTs).

"Presently, these allocations range between 15 and 35 kg per family per month in different states/UTs," the minister said.

Under Annapurna Scheme, 10kg of foodgrains (rice or wheat) per month are provided free of cost to the destitute who are at least 65 years of age, though eligible but remained uncovered under National Old Age Pension Scheme since April 1, 2000.

The minister said the government has introduced the National Food Security Bill, 2011 in the Parliament in December, 2011. The Bill seeks to provide 7 kg of foodgrains per person per month for priority households and not less than 3 kg of foodgrains for general households, he added.

PTI