80 crore poor Indians will get free ration till Diwali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today. This will be part of the expanded Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. This scheme aims to ensure that no poor family should sleep hungry at night.
This scheme which provides 5 kg of free food grains to the beneficiaries per month was implemented for May and June keeping in mind the second Covid-19 wave.
The Centre has been distributing monthly 5 kilograms of foodgrains per person at Rs 1-3 per kg via ration shops to over 80 crore beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). In addition to this, 5 kg of free grains is being distributed to the same beneficiaries under the PMGKAY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana) scheme in May and June, to minimise economic hardships being faced by the poor during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This distribution is over and above the regular allocation to beneficiaries under the NFSA.
“…till November, 80 crore people will continue to get decided amount of free food grain every month,” an official statement said.
The PMGKAY scheme was also implemented during April-November period of 2020.
The scheme was reintroduced for May-June 2021 to deal with the impact of the second wave of the pandemic. Now, the PMGKAY scheme has been extended till Diwali this year.