Cabinet nod for extension of PMGKAY for five months until November

New Delhi, July 8

The Cabinet on Wednesday permitted a proposal to increase distribution of free foodgrains and pulses below the Pradhan Mantri Garib Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to 81 crore PDS beneficiaries for 5 months until November.

The scheme was initially rolled out for 3 months until June to make sure no poor goes hungry throughout the COVID-19 disaster. Under the scheme, 5 kg of wheat or rice and one kg of pulses per 30 days are being supplied freed from value.

“The Prime Minister had announced that this scheme will be extended and the same has been approved by the Cabinet today,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar stated in a media briefing.

The PMGKAY has been prolonged for one more 5 months until November. About 203 lakh tonnes of foodgrains and 9.70 lakh tonne of chana will probably be given without spending a dime within the subsequent 5 months, he stated.

The distribution of free ration below the PMGKAY would value Rs 1.49 lakh crore to the exchequer, he added. The estimated value is for offering eight months of ration below the scheme.

Stating that that is the most well-liked scheme, the minister stated, “For the first time since (India’s) independence, free foodgrains are being distributed for eight months. No country has such a big scheme.”  In a televised deal with to the nation on June 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had introduced extension of the free ration scheme PMGKAY until the tip of November 2020 to ameliorate the hardship confronted by the underprivileged or poor on account of financial disruption attributable to the lockdown as a result of COVID-19.

In a press release, the federal government stated the extension of PMGKAY is according to the commitments of the federal government to not permit anyone, particularly any poor household, to undergo on account of non-availability of meals grains as a result of disruption throughout the subsequent 5 months.

Free distribution of chana can even guarantee enough availability of protein to all of the above-mentioned people throughout these 5 months, it stated.

All bills on the prolonged PMGKAY will probably be borne by the central authorities, it added.

Free ration supplied below the PMGKAY is along with the subsidised grains given via Public Distribution System (PDS) below the National Food Security Act.

With regard to distribution of free ration to eight crore migrant labourers, Javadekar stated about Eight lakh tonne of foodgrains has been allotted for this function and migrants can avail their quota until August.

About 5 kg foodgrains per beneficiary and 1 kg pulses per household is being distributed at freed from value to migrants who neither have centre or state ration playing cards below the Aatmanirbhar Bharat scheme. PTI

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