Gearing up for assembly elections approaching in the coming months, Karnataka Congress has announced its third guarantee of providing free 10 kg of rice per month to BPL cardholders under ‘Annabhagya’ scheme to fulfil its commitment to eliminate hunger from the state.
“We are happy to announce the ‘Annabhagya’ guarantee of providing free 10 kg of rice per month to BPL cardholders in order to eliminate hunger from Karnataka,” Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar said.
Annabhagya Yojana was an important and exemplary scheme launched by the previous Congress government to provide free food grains under the Food Security Act which eventually benefited millions of families in the state, he said.
“When the Congress government was in power, 7 kg used to be given to BPL families but the BJP government reduced the rations to 5 kg and disappointed the people. But this time the Congress will give free 10 kg rice. This is our third guarantee,” Shivakumar said.
“We have already announced two guarantees from the Congress party. We are committed to the promise of 200 units of free electricity to every house in the state under the Gruhajyoti guarantee and 2000 rupees to every lady house owner under the Gruhalakshmi guarantee. Now with our guarantee of 200 units free, 2000 rupees is guaranteed,” he said asserting that the Congress party is committed to welfare politics and make Karnataka the most developed state of India.
He also expressed displeasure with the new education policy. “The BJP government is messing with the future of children in the name of ‘NEP’. What is the BJP going to achieve by fixing the age of admission to 1st class from 5 years to 6 years?” Shivakumar posed a question to the ruling dispensation mocking the absurd logic given by the BJP government to execute this decision.
“The current education system in Karnataka so far is excellent. Our state is a model in the country in the field of education from primary level to engineering, medical education. The largest number of engineers and doctors in the world are from Karnataka. Technically the state is quite advanced. Aren’t all of them who started class 1 in the 5th year? What is the problem with this? The central government should not poke its nose into the education system of Karnataka. We will not allow NEP to be implemented in our state under any circumstances,” he said, sending a strong message to the central BJP government not to interfere in the affairs of the state.
The KPCC chief asserted that Congress has built modern Karnataka with decades of hard work and dedication and it will not allow any external force to destroy this.
Shivakumar insisted that Congress guarantees are focused to alleviate poor and lower middle-class people from an average struggleful life to a decent lifestyle.
He added that such a noble vision of the Congress leadership prompted them to come up with guarantees of providing free 200 electricity units to every family each month and direct monthly transfer of Rs.2000 to every female head of the family.
The Congress party’s third guarantee of providing free 10 kg of rice every month under ‘Annabhagya’ scheme to every BPL cardholder will eliminate hunger from the state.