Government of Maharashtra
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Targeted Public Distribution System
      Under the Minimum Common Need Programme of Government of India, the poor families in the State were provided food grains at subsidized rate w. e. f. 1 st June, 1997. BPL Yellow rationcard holders are provided with 35 Kgs foodgrains (Wheat + Rice) and APL Saffron rationcard holders are provided with 15 Kgs foodgrains (Wheat + Rice )
Tricolor Ration Cards Scheme
      The affluent families do not purchase foodgrains under PDS and therefore with a view to curb diversion of foodgrains and provide more foodgrains to the needy families, the State Govt. introduced Tricolor ration card scheme w. e. f. 1st May, 1999. Accordingly, as per following criterias 3 different colored ration cards are issued in the State :-
Yellow Ration Cards
          Under Targeted Public Distribution System the following criteria are applied :-
  1. Families having annual income up to Rs. 15,000/- having been included in IRDP List of 1997-98.
  2. None of the members in the family should be a doctor or a lawyer or an architect or a chartered accountant.
  3. None of the members in the family should be a professional tax payer, a sales tax payer or an income tax payer or eligible to pay such tax.
  4. The family should not posses residential telephone.
  5. The family should not posses four wheeler vehicle.
  6. None of the family members should hold total two hectare rain fed or one hectare semi-irrigated or 1/2 hectare irrigated (double in drought prone talukas) land.
  • The Govt. has taken decision to issue BPL Ration Card, on temporary basis to all the Vidi workers, all members of Pardhi & Kolhati community vide GR dated 9.9.2008.
  •  The Govt. has taken decision to issue BPL Ration Card, on temporary basis to the Abandoned women vide G.R. dated 29.9.2008 & 21.2.2009 and amendment has been made to the same vide G.R. dated 17.1.2011
  • The Govt. has taken decision to issue BPL Ration Card on temporary basis to all the non-working cloth mills,cotton mills & sugar factories workers vide GR dated 17.3.2003.

Antyodaya Anna Yojana(AAY)
In the state Antyodaya Anna Yojana has been started w.e.f. 1st May 2001 Under this scheme 35 Kgs foodgrains ( Wheat at the rate- Rs. 2.00 per Kg+ Rice at rate Rs. 3.00 per Kg ) is distributed to the AAY cardholders.
     Under this scheme the families are selected from following BPL categories..
  1. Land less 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, destitutes and other similar categories in both rural and urban areas>
  2. Households headed by Widows or Terminally ill persons or disabled persons or persons aged 60 years or more with no assured means of subsistence or social support
  3. Single widows or terminally ill persons or disabled persons or persons aged 60 years or more with no assured means of subsistence or societal support
  4. All Primitive Tribal Households ( Madia, Kolam, katkari)
  5. Household headed by leprosy patients or recovered leprosy patients are eligible to get benefits under this scheme
  6. While distributing AAY ration cards to eligible families, priority given to HIV/AIDS affected persons
Target For AAY Scheme
For this Scheme the central government has assigned a target of 25,05,300 families for the state. Details of which are as follows.

Sr. No.

Details

Year

Target (families )

1

Antyodaya Anna Yojana

2001

1001700

2

First Extended Antyodaya Anna Yojana

2003

501100

3

Second Extended Antyodaya Anna Yojana

2004

481000

4

Third Extended Antyodaya Anna Yojana

2005

521500


Criteria For Saffron Ration Cards
  • Families having total annual income of more than Rs. 15,000 and less than 1 lakh.
  • None of the members in the family should have four wheeler mechanical vehicle (excluding taxi- driver).
  • The family in all should not posses four hectare or more irrigated land.


Criteria For White Ration Cards
The families having annual income of Rs. 1 Lakh or above, any member of the family possessing a four wheeler or the family aggregately holding more than 4 hectare irrigated land are issued white ration cards.


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