PMGKAY(Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana) extended till November: 80 crore poor to get free food grains every month: PM Modi
PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana: The expansion o0f Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana 2.0 was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the nation on Monday evening. More than 80 crore people holding ration cards will benefit from the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
The plan was announced last year during the first wave of Kovid-19 when the entire country was under lockdown in March.
This scheme was part of the Prime Minister’s Garib Kalyan Package.
The additional free 5 kg of food grains declared in this scheme is in addition to the ration available on the ration card every month.
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PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana: In view of the second wave of coronavirus, the central government once again announced the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for poor families in April 2021. Under this scheme, the central government provided 5 kg additional food grains (rice/wheat) per person free of cost to the ration card holders in the months of May and June. Now the government has extended this scheme till Diwali. That is, ration card holders can now get 5 kg of free food grains in addition to the quota available on the ration card till Diwali.
“Today, the government has decided that PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana will be extended till Deepavali. During this pandemic, the government stands by the poor for all their needs. Till November, more than 80 crore people, will get free food grains every month. The idea is that no one goes to sleep hungry,” Modi said in his address.
PM Garib Kalyan Yojana covers beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act which legally entitles up to three fourth of the rural population and half of the urban population to subsidized food grains under a targeted public distribution system.
The free-food grain supply, made during the first wave of the pandemic, will now run till November. It is over above the monthly entitlement under the food security law.
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The nutrition support to the poor comes at a time when the regional mobility restrictions meant to tame the pandemic have disrupted livelihoods.