Karnataka government today launched the much awaited ambitious rice scheme for below poverty line families. Under the scheme, every BPL family will get 30 kg rice at Re 1 per kg every month.

Chief minister Siddaramaiah kick started the program by symbolically distributing 30 kg of rice to three BPL cardholders at a grand function, here today.

"Our aim is to make Karnataka a 'hunger free' state," said the chief minister after launching the scheme.

The government will spend Rs 4,300 crore annually for the program.