Antyodaya Anna Yojana Scheme

Due to poor incomes in many families there is a problem of hunger and starving prevails in the country. Under this Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme the families lying below the poverty line category were provided with food grains at a highly subsidized price.

Scheme Name Antyodaya Anna Yojana
Launch Date 2000
Target People / Beneficiar BPL
Eligibility per month income of Rs.250 (widow, Old, Pregnant Women ect )
Identity Card Rashan Card, Income Certificate
Key Person Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Govt. NDA

Antyodaya Anna Yojana Scheme

Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme key features

  • When the scheme was launched, 1 crore poor families were identified and they were provided with food grains in extremely subsidized rate. Later in 2003 and then in 2004, the scheme was revised and each time 5 million beneficiaries were added to the scheme. Now again in 2016, increase in the number of beneficiaries are carried out
  • Under this scheme the identified poor families will be provide with 35kg of food grains each in a month, where wheat will be provided for Rs.2 per kg, and rice for Rs.3 per kg.
  • For the families which are identified for the scheme benefits, an Antyodaya (AAY) ration card will be provided. With the help of this ration card the families can avail the subsidized rations every month.

Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme objective

The main objective of the scheme is to create an India that is hunger-free. There are many families in India who cannot afford to buy food grains at the market price. This scheme would provide such families with required food grains like rice and wheat at a subsidized rate. During the launch of the scheme in 2000, it was seen that 5% of the population in India were not able to get two times meals in a day. And the scheme was launched to target this 5% people of the population and provide them relief from hunger.

Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme eligibility

When the scheme was launched, the BPL families who have a per month income of Rs.250 were recognized eligible for the scheme benefits and were given an AAY ration card.

  • Aged, disabled, pregnant, widow, single or lactating mothers with no support or fixed income will be eligible for the scheme
  • Tribal families and all other families who do not have an assured means of income due to physical or mental disabilities, and has no one who can involve in profitable employment, will be considered eligible for the scheme.

Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme benefits

Since its launch, the scheme has been of benefit to many BPL families who could not manage buying food grains, and thus suffered hunger. With the revival of the scheme, families who have been left out in the past years will surely benefit.

Antyodaya Anna Yojana ration card color

Once the families have been recognized eligible for the scheme, they will be provided with a ration card that will be called ‘Antyodaya Ration Card’, using which they can avail the benefits of the scheme. The color of the card is mild inexperienced with a pink line.

Common queries Answers
How to apply for the AAY ration card? For rural areas, one of the family members need to apply on a paper with family income details and submit it to the Panchayat. In Urban areas the family member needs to apply to the Notified Area Committee.
What documents will be required? Proof that the applicant does not hold any other similar ration card, Income certificate of the family (Issued by the respective Patwari of the area) will be required.
Any special fee required for apply AAY ration card? No

Antyodaya Anna Yojana list

The list of the number of families in this scheme and the eligibility criteria of being a part of this scheme is available online at the Open Government Data Platform. Here one may check their ration card status as well.

Who introduced the Antyodaya Yojana?

The AAY scheme was introduced in the year 2000 by former PM Atal Bihari Bajpayee, of the NDA government. The scheme has been revived by current Prime Minster Narendra Modi.


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