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Annapurna Scheme fulfils the food requirments of.


ANSWER

Indigent senior citizens


SOLUTION

The Annapurna Scheme has been launched with effect from 1st April 2000. It aims at providing food security to meet the requirement of those senior citizens who, though eligible, have remained uncovered under the National Old Age Pension Scheme (NOAPS) Antyodaya Anna Yojana. Antyodaya Anna Yojana is a Government of India sponsored scheme to provide highly subsidised food to millions of the poorest families. This scheme was brain-child of then Union Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Shanta Kumar. Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and the Annapurna Scheme (APS) with special target groups of 'poorest of the poor' and 'indigent senior citizens', respectively. This scheme was launched on April 1, 2000 as a 100 per cent Centrally Sponsored Scheme. It aims at providing food security to meet the requirement of those senior citizens who though eligible for pension under the National Old Age Pension Scheme, are not getting the same.

Hence, option ‘a’ is correct answer.

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