Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, June 30
Prime Minister Narendra Modil says his government will extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna scheme until the end of November.
Modi, who addressed the nation on Tuesday evening, said his government was extended the scheme for four months—that is, until Diwali and Chhat Puja.
“The festival season will begin soon. Keeping that in mind, the central government will give 5 kg wheat, 5 kg rice and 1 kg chick peas free. This will cost the government 90,000 crore. If we add the past three months as well, this will cost Rs 2.5 lakh crore,” Modi said, also saying that efforts were on to unroll ‘One nation, one ration card’ scheme.
“If we are able to give the poor food, its because of two sections—India’s farmers and our honest tax payers,” he said.
He also said that people had become careless since restrictions were eased, and warned: “We need to be more careful now. We’ve seen irresponsible behaviour about masks, and social distancing since Unlock 1 was announced. This is dangerous and worrying”.