Karnataka Elections: Rural Voters Likely To Re-Elect Sidda As Anna Bhagya, Krishi Bhagya Big Hits
Welfare schemes are popular, especially among rural constituencies that form 69% of the state’s 224 assembly constituencies, IndiaSpend said.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is hailed by the poor for introducing welfare schemes like Anna Bhagya and Krishi Bhagya. Anna Bhagya scheme feeds around 40 million people and the Krishi Bhagya scheme has helped farmers during droughts. Voters have told India Spend that these schemes will be the deciding factor for their votes.
In a May 7 pre-poll survey by Lokniti-CSDS-ABP News Karnataka, four in five respondents said they benefited from Anna Bhagya. After becoming the chief minister in 2013, the Anna Bhagya scheme was initiated by Siddaramaiah to create a “hunger-free” state.
“All the ‘bhagya‘ schemes were part of Siddaramaiah’s populist welfare measures. He was very conscious about Tamil Nadu’s populist politics and drew on that. Most have been ‘successful’ in that their delivery has been effective. The fact that the two years of drought were tided over with these schemes indicates the pressure to make them effective,” says A R Vasavi, a social anthropologist and independent researcher.
These welfare schemes are popular, especially among rural constituencies that form 69 per cent of the state’s 224 assembly constituencies, an IndiaSpend report said.
Anna Bhagya Scheme:
- Anna Bhagya provides free rice and subsidised foodgrains for those living below poverty line (BPL).
- Anna Bhagya includes nearly 40 million beneficiaries across the state, according to IndiaSpend.
- According to a Karnataka government dashboard Pratibimba, since the launch of the Anna Bhagya in 2013-14, the government has allocated close to Rs 15,380.7 crore and utilised 76 per cent of the amount.
DELIVERED AS PROMISED
Our govt’s flagship ‘Anna Bhagya’ provides free ration to over 4 crore people in Karnataka.
— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) April 27, 2018
Krishi Bhagya Scheme:
- It provides farmers with financial assistance through subsidies up to 90 per cent for construction of farm ponds which help them during drought conditions.
- Another rare assistance it provides: helps farmers procure polythene lining to avoid percolation losses, diesel pump sets to lift the stored water, sprinkler/drip sets to irrigate the crops, and shade-nets around the farm pond to avoid evaporation and accidental deaths.
“We wanted farmers to spend less water & improve their yield & income. By implementing Krishi Bhagya & building 1.90 lakh farm ponds, we have prevented water wastage, ensuring profits in the long run, & strengthening Karnataka’s farming community": @krishnabgowda#KayakaveKailasa pic.twitter.com/O8plQ43VsI
— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) February 13, 2018
- Over the four years since its launch in April 2014, the government has allocated Rs 2,100 crore of which Rs 1,807.8 crore–nearly 86 per cent, according to Pratibimba.
- The scheme has benefitted nearly 186,000 farmers in the State.
- In some instances, the scheme has helped farmers fulfill their need of water up to 150,000 litres per day, sourced from Krishi Bhagya-funded borewells.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi posted a tweet on Wednesday citing some of the Siddaramaiah government’s achievements:
In Karnataka, when it comes to corruption, it’s a “No Contest” as this graphic shows. The BJP wins hands down! pic.twitter.com/nP578fLJzC
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 9, 2018