Raipur, 8 June. Day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a slew of freebies as part of aid to the corona ravaged poor households, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel added the relief baggage with free rice from July to November in the state which witnessed a devastating second wave of COVID-19 in April and May.
All the BPL ration cardholders in the state will be provided free of cost rice for five months from July till November this year, the Chief Minister announced. He said that the ration cardholders will be provided an additional quantity of rice under the State Food Security Act, equivalent to the PM Poor Welfare Scheme. This would benefit nearly 2 crores 51 lakh 46 thousand 424 beneficiaries of 67 lakh 90 thousand 987 ration cards in Chhattisgarh.
The state government had distributed free rice to the poor and needy families under PDS in May and June last year as well. Families with ‘antyodaya’, ‘priority’, ‘annapoorna’, ‘destitute’, and ‘disable’ category ration-cards will be benefitted under the scheme.
In an apparent move aimed at image makeover, PM Modi on Monday announced sort of a small package to the poor households of the country with free ration till Diwali and countrywide free vaccination of the entire adult population. His government’s performance and trust rating took a beating after the second wave of Corona wrecked-havoc across the country. His adversaries in the Opposition, media and right groups unleashed an offensive against him during the pandemic peak, denting severely thus, his larger-than-life image.