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People with disabilities who qualify for ration cards under AAY

Updated: Jun 24, 2023

Disability welfare workers from all around the state have started a survey to find eligible people with disabilities in their particular areas and enroll them in the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY).


In a directive dated August 22, 2020, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution instructed the principal secretary (department of food and civil supplies) to locate and issue new ration cards to qualified individuals with disabilities as soon as possible.


Due to a lack of collaboration between the department in charge of food and civil supplies and the department responsible for the empowerment of people with disabilities and older citizens, the survey intended to identify beneficiaries for AAY was initially delayed.


The continuing census of people with disabilities without ration cards has picked up steam, according to State Commissioner for Disabilities V S Basavaraju, who informed DH that after speaking to the secretary (Food and Civil Supplies Department).

Additionally, the commissioner had sent letters to all of the state's deputy commissioners requesting that they complete the survey and guarantee that eligible beneficiaries start receiving their allotment of foodgrains under the AAY programme in September..


The measure will help many people and end starvation, according to Shivappa Rathod, head of the Differently Abled Government Employees'Association's DK district unit.

Inclusion of disabled individuals under the National Food Security Act 2013 is a recognition that those with diverse abilities are vulnerable members of society who should be provided with equal chances, according to Rathod.


He pleaded with the government to finish the survey as soon as possible and to provide people new ration cards at their doorsteps.


In Karnataka, there are 13,24,205 people who are disabled overall, with 7,26,521 (54.86%) men and 5,97,684 (45.14%) women.

AAY will not apply to people who pay income tax or who possess more than 2.5 acres of productive land or five acres of unproductive land.




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