Packets of salt, refined oil, and chana with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath have been distributed among the many poor via 80,000 ration retailers in Uttar Pradesh immediately as a part of the state’s free ration scheme. Some packets additionally had the slogan – soch imandaar, kaam damdaar (Trustworthy thought, stable work) – being utilized by the BJP for its marketing campaign forward of the state election.
20 days in the past, the Centre had introduced that it will lengthen the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for 4 months – from December 2021 to March 2022. The scheme, which started in the course of the Covid pandemic final yr, gives an additional 5 kg ration per particular person monthly at no cost to all beneficiaries lined below the Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA).
However with elections within the state simply two months away, the federal government has gone a step additional, saying it’s going to present every beneficiary of the Centre’s free ration scheme an extra kilogram every of dal, salt, and chana.
Photographs and movies from throughout Uttar Pradesh confirmed packets of the grains with photographs of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister being handed out to beneficiaries at ration retailers.
In accordance with the state authorities, 15 crore beneficiaries will get these packets until March 2022. The timing of the drive is vital, particularly with the essential state elections across the nook.
On Twitter, Yogi Adityanath’s workplace on Saturday known as the train a ‘double ration’ scheme – a play on its marketing campaign slogan ‘double engine ki sarkar‘ which refers to its governments on the Centre and within the states.