Antyodaya Anna Yojana (Ministry of Consumer’s Affairs, Food and Public Distribution)

🗓️ May 22, 2019

Key Features of the Scheme 


AAY contemplates identification of poorest of the poor families from amongst the number of BPL families covered under TPDS (Targeted Public Distribution System) and providing them food grains at a highly subsidized rate. 

Launched year

It was launched in December 2000.

Scale of Issue

  • Beneficiary families are distributed 35 kg of rice and wheat at the rates of Rs. 3 per kg and Rs. 2 per kg respectively with effect from 1st April 2002. (from 2000-2002 it was 25 Kg.)
  • Coarse grains are distributed at the rate of Rs. 1 per kg.
  • Now sugar also will be provided 1 Kg per month to each AAY family at the rate of Rs. 18.50 per Kg.


The scheme aims to make the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) more focused and targeted towards the poorest of the poor section of the population.

Fund management

  • Under the scheme, subsidies are fully borne by the central government.
  • States/UT bears the distribution cost, including a margin to dealers and retailers as well as the transportation cost.

Covered households

(AAY) was launched for one crore families. Coverage under this scheme has been expanded thrice covering an additional 50 lakh households each time. Thus, the total coverage under AAY was raised to 2.50 crores AAY families (i.e.38% of BPL)

Month: Current Affairs – May 2019 

Categories: Economics and Social Issues

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