Anna Bhagya was part of poll manifesto, says CM

Siddaramaiah promises to finalise names of corporation / board chiefs within 15 days

Anna Bhagya scheme, meant to provide rice to poor people at Re 1 per kg, was a part of the election manifesto of Congress party and is not a programme introduced in a hurry, as mentioned by some. The scheme was implemented as guaranteed in the manifesto, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

He was addressing Congress workers during a meeting held at Cauvery Hall in Madikeri on Monday. The former BJP government provided only 3-4 kgs of rice to poor. Moreover, the cost of the rice was higher and it was difficult for the poor families to manage with the same.

Hence, the state government implemented Anna Bhagya scheme so that the poor may get sufficient rice and no person may have to starve. Siddaramaiah reiterated that it was the ambitious scheme of the Congress and he announced the same after taking over as the Chief Minister.

Corpn / Board presidents

The chief minister said on the occasion that the selection of chiefs for Corporation / Boards has become a challenging task as there are many senior leaders who worked for the party. Also there are requisition for the posts, from the present MLAs and MLA contestants who have lost in the assembly elections.

However, the list of the names will be finalised within 15 days, the CM said. He added that there are as many as 90 corporation / boards and opportunities will be given to the representatives from all districts so that every district will get 2-3 posts.

District in-Charge Minister K J George, Minister for Public Works  Dr H C Mahadevappa, MLC T John, former MP H Vishwanath and district Congress President B T Pradeep among others were present.

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