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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday introduced that the federal government will distribute free foodgrains to round 80 crore folks until Diwali for offering aid to the poor amid the second wave of COVID-19.
In April, the Centre had introduced distribution of free foodgrains for the months of Could and June beneath the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY).
In his tackle to the nation, the Prime Minister introduced the federal government’s resolution to increase the scheme until Diwali.
Final yr when the lockdown was imposed because of coronavirus, free ration was supplied to greater than 80 crore folks for eight months beneath the PMGKAY, Modi stated.
“This yr too as a result of second wave (of the pandemic), the scheme was carried out for Could and June. At this time, the federal government has determined to increase PMGKAY until Deepawali.
“In the course of the pandemic, the federal government is standing with the poor. Until November, a set amount of free foodgrains will likely be made out there to greater than 80 crore folks,” he stated.
Underneath the PMGKAY, the Centre is distributing 5 kg foodgrains per individual per 30 days freed from price to roughly 79.39 crore beneficiaries, who’re lined beneath the Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA).
This distribution is over and above the common allocation to beneficiaries beneath the NFSA.
“…until November, 80 crore folks will proceed to get determined quantity of free meals grain each month,” an official assertion stated.
The PMGKAY scheme was additionally carried out throughout April-November interval of 2020.
The scheme was reintroduced for Could-June 2021 to take care of the affect of the second wave of the pandemic. Now, the PMGKAY scheme has been prolonged until Diwali this yr.