The Central government on Friday announced that free ration that it will provide 5 kg of food grains free-of-cost to 80 crores under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) from the time span of two months May and June 2021.After seeing the impact of the second wave of COVID-19 in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s being committed to the poor. the Government of India has decided to allocate free-of-cost ration grains @5 kg per person per month to nearly 80 crore people which is covered under National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) over and above NFSA food grains for the next two months i.e. May and June 2021 on the same pattern as the earlier Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY),” a government statement said.
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While announcing the scheme, the prime minister stressed that it is important for the poor to get nutritional support at a time when the country is facing the second wave of the pandemic. As many issues were being faced by daily wagers who in a huge quantity left Delhi and went back to their hometowns and villages. In addition to it, many people lost their jobs.
The Central government has spent Rs 26,000 crore under this scheme. The government had announced PM-GKAY in March last year when the first nationwide lockdown was imposed in India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Later in June, the scheme was extended till November.