Welfare Schemes

Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY)


Public Distribution System (PDS) in Delhi is confined to two cereals, wheat and  rice, and two other essential commodities viz., sugar and kerosene oil. In Delhi, PDS comprises of a network of Fair Price Shops & Kerosene Oil Depots for making available specified articles at controlled prices through Household Consumer Cards, commonly called ration cards. Kerosene oil is distributed through a separate consumer card called Blue Card issued to persons who are not using LPG.

Key Features

Poorest of poor who are at the starving threshold are being provided 35 kg. of food grains(25kg wheat & 10 kg rice) a month at wheat Rs.2/- per kg. and rice at Rs.3/- per kg.

Eligibility Criteria

Here are the steps followed in identifying Antyodaya Families:

  • There are particular indicated number of Antyodaya Families for each State or UT. The State Government will further distribute this number among all the districts depending on the backwardness and incidence of poverty withing a district. Similarly, it can be distributed in the Panchayat and Municipal level.
  • After giving wide publicity of the scheme District Collectors may then start the process of identification. This work may be taken up as a campaign so that people are aware of the process and procedure adopted for identification of beneficiaries under the scheme.
  • District Collectors may press into service all district level officers working with them for supervising the process of identification in various Development Blocks.
  • At the Block level, each Panchayat may be assigned to an Officer of Revenue, Development of some other Department who should be held accountable for proper identification of beneficiaries.
  • In each Panchayat, in the first phase, a tentative list of the poorest of the poor may be drawn up keeping in view the overall number of the families allotted to the Panchayat.
  • The State Government may devise a suitable form for identifying the beneficiary families under the scheme. The data included in the form should be verified by the officer nominated for this purpose. The officer verifying should be held accountable for the verification.
  • Once the tentative list for a Panchayat is ready, in the second phase, a meeting of the Gram Sabha may be held. This meeting should be attended by the officer, who has been assigned by the particular Panchayat. The officer should ensure that the meeting of gram Sabha is held when there is quorum.
  • The tentative list may be read-out in the meeting of the Gram Sabha and the Gram Sabha may finalise the list of beneficiaries and arrange the names in the order of priority with the family mentioned at Sl.No.1 as the most deserving.
  • Once the list is approved by the Gram Sabha, it may be consolidated at the Block and then at the District level.
  • In the case of urban areas the State Government may also undertake a similar exercise by involving the urban Local Bodies. The Preliminary identification may be downward-wise by the Chief Executive of the Urban Local Body with the help of the officers/officials working under him. The Preliminary list of beneficiaries may be given wide publicity and also displayed at the Ward Level inviting objections. After going through this process, the consolidated list for the Urban Local Body and its approval obtained. In case where elected bodies in rural/urban areas are not in position, the State Government may evolve a suitable mechanism for identification of beneficiaries in an impartial and objective manner.

How to Apply?

This scheme is for the poorest of poor families. Therefore, families hence included in this category should apply for the scheme as provided below.

For Rural Areas: Families living in rural areas will have to apply on a plain paper with details of every family member and their income to the Panchayat Pradhan of their area. The Gram Sabha will decide whether the family is eligible for the scheme or not. If approved by the Gram Sabha, the family will be further approved by the Department of Rural Development, Bihar and the ration card will be issued by the Pradhan/DFSC or after the approval of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department.

For Urban Areas: Families living in Urban areas will have to apply for the scheme on plain paper to the Notified Area Committee. List of selected families will be further approved by the Urban Development Department and the ration card will be issued by the concerned DFSC/Authorized Inspector of a particular area.

Documents Needed For Application

  • Certificate stating that the application is or was not holding any ration card. Affidavit supporting that the applicant didn’t hold any ration card previously must be submitted.
  • Income certificate of the family issued by the concerned Patwari.
  • No form is needed to be filled nor fees will be charged for the application.

Nodal Agency Name: Delhi Swasth Kutumb Society/Labour Deptt.- 5 Sham Nath Marg Delhi- 54
Nodal Officer: Shri Piyush Sharma
Designation: Addl. Labour Commissoner
Tel. No.: 01123967495, Fax: 01123978449


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