The Annasree Scheme launched by central government , providing cash transfer of Rs. 600 per month to nearly two lakh poor families to help them to purchase food grains.
The scheme will be first launched on an optional basis in one of the districts, which in all likelihood would be in the Trans-Yamuna area. Under the scheme, on an optional basis, cash will be transferred directly into the bank account of the beneficiaries through Electronic Clearance System (ECS). Further, to prevent any misuse of the fund, the entitled beneficiary would be the eldest woman member of the family. Such scheme will have a significant effect on the protein intake of beneficiaries and their families, because through the cash transfer, they will be empowered to gain access to better quality food, as had been observed in a United Nations Development Programme survey.