Antyodaya Anna Yojana is the sponsored scheme of Government of India to provide highly
subsidised food to millions of the poorest families.
This scheme was developed by the then Union Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Shanta
It was launched by the NDA government on 25 December 2000 and first implemented in
the Indian state of Rajasthan.
After identifying the "poorest of the poor" (the 10,000,000 poorest families in the Below
Poverty Line category) through surveying, the government began providing them an
opportunity to purchase up to 35 kilograms of rice and wheat at a highly subsidised cost
of ₹3 per kilogram of rice and ₹2 per kilogram of wheat.
Poor families were identified by their respective state rural development facilities through
the use of surveys.
The scheme has been expanded twice, once in June 2003 and then in August 2004, adding
an additional 5,000,000 BPL families each time and bringing the total number of families
covered up to 20,000,000.
After this additional 50 lakh families were added in 2003.
Once a family has been recognized as eligible, they are given a unique "Antyodaya Ration
This card, also called the PDS yellow card, acts as a form of identification, proving that the
bearer is authorized to receive the level of rations the card describes.
The color of the card is yellow.
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