The Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme, launched in 2000, is aimed at providing food-based assistance to destitute households.
Identified destitute households or an individual under particular social group is provided with a ration card (Antyodaya card) to enable them avail a food-grain quota at subsidized price. Each household is entitled for 35 kilogram wheat or rice or combination of both every month. The food-grain is pegged for Rs. 2/- per kilogram for wheat and Rs. 3/- per kilogram for rice. A Fair Price Shop (FPS) - designated local ration shop - dispenses aforementioned quota. Its dealer cannot charge card-holders more than the pegged price.
AAY Court Order Summmary
- Every destitute household or an individual under the following social group is entitled of Antyodaya card: aged, infirm, disabled, destitute men and women, pregnant and lactating mothers; widows and single women with no regular support; old persons (60 year-old and above) with no regular support and means of subsistence; households with a disabled adult member of no assured means of subsistence; households with members, due to old age, lack physical or mental fitness and need care, or for other reasons no adult member is available to engage in gainful employment outside the house; and primitive tribes. (SC Order dated 02 May 2003)
- Belonging to a below the poverty line (BPL) social category is not a basis for getting an Antyodaya card. A household or an individual under the aforementioned criteria cannot be denied of an AAY card being mistakenly not included in the BPL list of the village or erroneously denied of a BPL-PDS card earlier. Denial of an AAY card to said groups can be taken only after due investigation ascertaining the economic-social status of the household or an individual.
Antyodaya Anna Yojana