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  • Writer's pictureSiddhant Dubey

Antyodaya Anna Yojana

1) What is the scheme?

All beneficiaries under the AAY scheme will get food and other important commodities for daily needs in the subsidized process. Distribution of food grains to the beneficiary will be done through the public distribution system. Under the AAY scheme, wheat will be provided for Rs.3 per Kg and Rice will be given for Rs.2 per Kg. The eligible family will get 35 Kg of rice per month. AAY families can buy 1 kg of sugar at a rate of Rs.18.50 per Kg via ration shop.

The idea behind the scheme is to reduce hunger by feeding the poorest of families among the BPL cardholders.

Special Ration Cards- Beneficiaries of the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) scheme will receive a yellow cards while the pink cards belong to the priority category.

The b lue cardholders will get State subsidy for the non-priority category, and the white cardholders belong to the general non-priority category.

The ration share of each category a month are:

Yellow: 35 kg of foodgrains per card for free, including 28 kg of rice and 7 kg of wheat;

Pink: 5 kg of foodgrains per person for free, including 4 kg of rice and 1 kg of wheat;

Blue: 2 kg of rice per person at ₹2 (no wheat);

White: Rice at ₹8.90 a kg and wheat at ₹6.70 a kg.

The new cards are priced at ₹50 for the yellow, pink, and blue ones, and ₹100 for the white. Beneficiaries of the SC/ST category may be exempt from paying for the cards on producing their caste certificates.

2) Who is eligible as beneficiary under the AAY Scheme?

Rural Areas Beneficiaries

  • Families getting an annual income up to Rs.15000 are eligible for Antyodaya Anna Yojana.

  • Old age pensioners

  • Small and marginal farmers

  • Landless agricultural labourers

  • Physically handicapped persons

  • Destitute widows

  • Rural artisans or craftsmen such as potters, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters and slum dwellers.

Urban Areas Beneficiaries

  • Family annual income below Rs.15000 will get benefit under this scheme

  • People living in slums

  • Daily wager such as Rickshaw-pullers are one of the beneficiaries under AAY

  • Porters are eligible for AAY scheme

  • Fruit and flowers sellers on pavements

  • Domestic servants will get benefit of AAY

  • Construction workers can apply for this benefits

  • Households headed by widows or disabled persons or persons aged 60 years or more with no assured means of subsistence or societal support will get benefit of AAY.

  • Snake charmers, rag pickers, cobblers are also get benefit under this

Eligibility for Antyodaya Anna Yojana

Eligibility criteria for Antyodaya Anna Yojana is given here.

  • Family members falling under Below Poverty line can apply for this scheme

  • Annual income of Rs.15000 below families are eligible

  • Disabled persons can apply for this scheme

  • Widows and senior citizen of 60 years who heading a family can apply

  • Tribal Families in the rural and mountain areas is eligible for this scheme

[Landless agriculture labourers, marginal farmers, rural artisans /craftsmen, such as potters, tanners, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters, slum dwellers and persons

earning their livelihood on daily basis in the informal sector like porters, coolies,

rickshaw pullers, hand cart pullers, fruit and flower sellers, snake charmers, rag

pickers, cobblers, destitute and other similar categories in both rural and urban

areas, Households headed by widows or terminally ill persons/disabled persons/ persons

aged 60 years or more with no assured means of subsistence or societal support, widows or terminally ill persons or disabled persons or persons aged 60 years or

more or single women or single men with no family or societal support or assured

means of subsistence, All primitive tribal households.]

3) Where to apply?

The eligible beneficiary in the needs rural area need to approach the concerned Gram Sabha to apply for AAY.

In the case of urban area, an applicant needs to visit the Urban Development Department for


4) Identification of Beneficiaries:

Under this scheme identification of AAY families is carried out by the State Government or

UT administrations. Beneficiaries are identified from amongst the number of BPL families

within the state.

Tentative List of Beneficiary – Rural Area

Step 1: The State Government and UT, in turn, distribute this number among the various

districts and further to Panchayat and the municipality.

Step 2: District Collectors will start the process of identification of beneficiary after giving it

wide publicity.

Step 3: At the Block level, each Panchayat is assigned to an Officer of Revenue.

Step 4: Office of Revenue will prepare a tentative list of the poorest of the poor keeping in

view the overall families allotted to the Panchayat.

Step 5: Once the tentative list for a Panchayat is ready, a meeting of the Gram Sabha will be


Step 6: Once the list is approved by the Gram Sabha and it will be consolidated at the Block

level and then at the District level. The beneficiary list will be approved by the state government.

Tentative List of Beneficiary – Urban Area

Step 7: The identification of beneficiary will be drawn by urban local bodies Chief


Step 8: The Preliminary list of beneficiaries may be given wide publicity and also displayed

at the Ward Level inviting objections. After going in through the process, the consolidated

list for the Urban Local Body and its approval obtained.

5) How to apply for Antyodaya Anna Yojana Scheme ONLINE

Step 1- Visit the Official Website of Antyodaya Anna Yojana i.e.

Step 2- On the Homepage, Click on the Option Ration Cards>> “Apply for new ration card”

under NFSA Menu.

Step 3- State/UT Food Portals page will be displayed on the screen.

Step 4- Click on your desired state and fill the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna

Yojana 2020 application form online.

Step 5- Click on Submit Button for the final submission of the application.

For ration card –

6) What documents are required?

a) BPL certificate

b)Aadhar Card

c) residence certificate

d)Identity certificate

e)Income certificate of the beneficiary issued by the concerned patwari

f) An affidavit of the applicant to the effect that he has not previously held any ration


g) mobile number

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