NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday introduced extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), a free ration scheme, for 80 crore folks throughout the nation until finish of November.
Under the scheme, 5 kgs of wheat or rice and 1 kg of pulses per thirty days will probably be given free of price to the poor.
In his televised tackle, PM emphasised that provision of meals to these in want throughout lockdown has been the foremost precedence of the federal government. Hence, PM Garib Kalyan Yojana with bundle of Rs 1.75 lakh crore was rolled out as quickly because the nation went into lockdown to curb the unfold of the novel coronavirus. The scheme was initially rolled out for 3 months.
Modi additionally famous that the quantity of individuals who had been supplied free ration beneath the scheme is a number of instances the inhabitants of many massive nations. Further, the upcoming wet season adopted by again to again festivals would result in a rise in expenditure by the households. Hence, the scheme was prolonged for an extra interval of 5 months.
The extension of the scheme will price greater than Rs 90,000 crore to the federal government. In whole, the Centre will spend nearly Rs 1.5 lakh crore in the direction of the scheme.
Modi additionally applauded the hard-working farmers and sincere tax payers for making it potential for the federal government to acquire and distribute free foodgrains.
He additional stated that well timed lockdown to comprise coronavirus and different selections saved many lives, however added that since “Unlock 1” has begun, folks have proven negligence.
He stated compared to different nations throughout the globe, India has carried out nicely in coping with the pandemic.
(With PTI inputs)