Rice distribution proved key to Raman’s success

The Chhattisgarh Food Security Act, which he is credited of bringing in much before the National Food Security Act, is being dubbed as a game changer for 61-year-old Singh.

Rival Congress admits in private that the food security legislation in the state was a ‘game changer’.
Implementation of Chhattisgarh Food Security Act, subsidised distribution of salt, pulses and rice through a Public Distribution System (PDS) helped the ruling BJP to get a consecutive third term in power, analysts say.

Chhattisgarh, popularly known as the rice bowl of central India, also witnessed an aggressive campaigning over rice from both ruling BJP and main Opposition Congress. Both of them had offered subsidised rice in their manifestos to attract voters.

Congress had declared to give 35 kg of rice free of cost to people living Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (excluding income tax payee) if they form the government.

Whereas, BJP had relied on its much-touted transparent PDS and subsidised rice to people under Antyodaya (extremely poor) and BPL category.
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