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What has our government done to provide food security to the poor? Discuss any two schemes launched by the government.


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The government has launched several schemes in order to provide food security to the poor. Two of these schemes are mentioned below:
(i) National Food for Work Programme: This programme was launched on November 14, 2004 in 150 most backward districts of the country with the objective of intensifying the generation of supplementary wage employment. The programme is open to all rural poor who are in need of wage employment and desire to do manual unskilled work. It is implemented as a 100 per cent centrally sponsored scheme and the foodgrains are provided to states free of cost.
(ii) Antyodaya Anna Yozana (AAY): This scheme was launched in December 2000. Under the scheme one crore of the poorest among the BPL families covered under the targeted Public Distribution System were identified. Poor families were identified by the respective state rural development departments through a Below Poverty Linc (BPL) survey. Twenty five kilograms of foodgrains were made available to each eligible family at a highly subsidised + rate oft 2 per kg for wheat and Rs. 3 per kg for rice. This quantity has been enhanced from 25 to 35 kgs with effect from April 2002. The scheme has been further expanded twice by additional 50 lakh BPL families in June 2003 and in August 2004. With this increase, 2 crore families have been covered under the AAY.
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