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Title:
ELECTORAL POLITICS AND CHEAP RICE SCHEME IN ANDHRA PRADESH

Authors:
Dr. D. Ananda

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Dr. D. Ananda
Assistant Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Open University Regional Center, Ahmedabad, Gujarat-382481

MLA 8
Ananda, Dr. D. "ELECTORAL POLITICS AND CHEAP RICE SCHEME IN ANDHRA PRADESH." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 10, Oct. 2019, pp. 6374-6381, ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=489. Accessed Oct. 2019.
APA
Ananda, D. (2019, October). ELECTORAL POLITICS AND CHEAP RICE SCHEME IN ANDHRA PRADESH. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(10), 6374-6381. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=489
Chicago
Ananda, Dr. D. "ELECTORAL POLITICS AND CHEAP RICE SCHEME IN ANDHRA PRADESH." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 10 (October 2019), 6374-6381. Accessed October, 2019. ijsser.org/more2019.php?id=489.

References
[1]. The state of Telangana was officially formed on 2 June 2014 after bifurcation Andhra Pradesh. However, the present paper concentrates on undivided Andhra Pradesh.
[2]. Famous Telugu film star, he acted in many Telugu films and played a hero role who fight for social justice on silver screen.
[3]. Padi is a colloquial word used in Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh, which is about 1.5 Kg. Agricultural labour used to get foodgrains as wages in terms of 'Padis' for their work in agricultural fields in Tamil Nadu and southern Andhra Pradesh.
[4]. Popular slogan of Telugu Desam Party, implying self respect, pride and dignity of Telugu people.
[5]. NT Rama Rao popularly known as 'Anna' in Andhra Pradesh, which means elder brother in Telugu, and also 'Annamu' means food, 'Varam' means gift or divine gift. Thus AnnaVaram connotes two meanings elder brother's gift and food gift. He projected himself as the elder brother who gives rice and sarees to women, a benefactor doing good to Telugu people. This discourse can be characterised as donatives, since it stresses hand-outs, charity and welfare provided by a benevolent ruler
[6]. Rice is the major ration item under PDS in Andhra Pradesh apart from rice, sugar, kerosene, and occasionally wheat and edible oil also includes under PDS. Since the other commodities are very nominal under PDS, political parties focus only on rice. PDS means only rice distribution in Andhra Pradesh. Thus the entire PDS revolves around rice.
[7]. In Andhra Pradesh, Y.S Rajasekhar Reddy Government is extensively using Mrs Indira, Rajeev names as suffix or prefix to all programmes and policies. The names of the schemes clearly illustrate the significance of the personality cult of political leaders.
[8]. Loan at interest rate of 25 paisa for self help groups.
[9]. Mooij, Jos (2002) 'Welfare Policies and Politics: A Study of Three Government Interventions in Andhra Pradesh, India' working paper, Overseas Development Institute, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JD, United Kingdom, p.28.
[10]. The Government is forcing the ration shop dealers to display Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's portrait while supplying rice under the Rs. 2-a-kg rice scheme. Congress party is insisting on such display and asking the Congress workers to oversee such display. Government is giving wide publicity for the scheme in all news papers.
[11]. Mooij, Jos. (1998) 'Food policy and politics: The political economy of the public distribution system in India.' The Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol.25, No.2, January, p.94.
[12]. India Today, 28th April 2008.p29
[13]. Ibid
[14]. Mooij, Jos (2002) 'Welfare Policies and Politics: A Study of Three Government Interventions in Andhra Pradesh, India' working paper, Overseas Development Institute, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JD, United Kingdom,pp-28-29.

Abstract:
The primary concern and factor in the Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assembly elections is food security. The issue of food security is dominating the electoral agenda in Andhra Pradesh state in the past few decades. It shows the importance of food security and policy to provide subsidised food grains to people. In this context, the present paper intends to discuss the politics of cheap rice scheme and its origin with particular reference to the politics of Andhra Pradesh. The paper also intends to analyse the electoral politics and competitive populism with special reference to the cheap rice scheme otherwise known as Two Rupees-A Kilo Rice Scheme.