More than 42 cr poor get Rs 68,820 cr monetary assist below PM Garib Kalyan Yojana

New Delhi, September 8

The Finance Ministry on Tuesday mentioned greater than 42 crore individuals had obtained Rs 68,820-crore monetary help below the federal government’s Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKP) to guard poor and weak from the affect of COVID-19 disaster.

As a part of the Rs 1.70 lakh crore PMGKP, introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26, the federal government introduced free foodgrain and money fee to ladies, poor senior residents and farmers.

“The swift implementation of the package is being continuously monitored by central and state governments and around 42 crore poor people received financial assistance of Rs 68,820 crore under the PMGKP,” the Finance Ministry mentioned in a press release.

As per the newest information, Rs 17,891 crore has gone in the direction of fee of the primary instalment of PM-KISAN. Under the scheme, 8.94 crore recognized beneficiaries received Rs 2,000 instantly of their accounts.

It additional mentioned Rs 30,925 crore was credited to 20.6 crore ladies Jan Dhan account holders in a three-monthly instalment of Rs 500 every.

The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) disbursed about Rs 2,814.5 crore to about 2.81 crore old-age individuals, widow and differently-abled individuals, the ministry added.

Each beneficiary obtained ex-gratia money of Rs 500 below the scheme in two equal instalments.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana, 111.6 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of foodgrain have been distributed to about 75 crore beneficiaries in the course of the April-June interval.

“Scheme was further extended for 5 months till November. Since then, 98.31 LMT foodgrains has been lifted by states/UTs so far. In July 36.09 LMT food grains has been distributed to 72.18 crore beneficiaries, in August 30.22 LMT distributed to 60.44 crore beneficiaries, and in September 1.92 LMT distributed to 3.84 crore beneficiaries as on September 7, 2020,” it mentioned.

In addition, a complete of 5.43 LMT pulses have additionally been distributed to 18.Eight crore beneficiaries throughout April–June interval below the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana.

Under the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’, the federal government introduced the provision of free meals grains and ‘chana’ to migrants for 2 months, and the estimate of the variety of migrants offered by the states was about 2.Eight crore.

“During the distribution period up to August, total 2.67 LMT of food grains was distributed to 5.32 crore migrants. This works out to an average of about 2.66 crore beneficiaries per month, which is nearly 95 per cent of the estimated number of migrants,” the assertion mentioned.

Besides, it mentioned, 36.05 lakh members of Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) have taken advantage of on-line withdrawal of non-refundable advance from EPFO account amounting to 9,543 crore thus far.

Increased charge for staff below the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) has been notified efficient April 1, it mentioned.

“In the current financial year, 195.21 crore man-days of work generated. Further, Rs 59,618 crore released to states to liquidate pending dues of both wage and material,” it mentioned.

Under the District Mineral Fund (DMF), states have been requested to spend 30 per cent of the funds, which quantities to Rs 3,787 crore, and Rs 343.66 crore has been spent thus far, the assertion added. PTI

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