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Cabinet Clears Extension of Free Ration Scheme By 3 Months

PMGKAY has covered nearly 80 crore beneficiaries across India. (Reuters File Photo)

Under the PM-GKAY, each beneficiary gets an additional 5 kg free ration per person per month in addition to his normal quota of foodgrains under NFSA

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) scheme by three months till December 2022. The current Phase-VI of the PM-GKAY scheme, which has been under implementation since April 2020 as the largest food security programme in the world, is ending on Friday (September 30).

While addressing a Cabinet briefing on Wednesday, Union Minister Anurag Thakur announced the decision on Wednesday. He said the government has so far spent about Rs 3.45 lakh crore under the scheme. “Under the latest extension till December 2022, the Centre will spend about Rs 44,762 crore.”

The PM-GKAY has covered nearly 80 crore beneficiaries across India. Under the PM-GKAY, each beneficiary gets an additional 5 kg free ration per person per month in addition to his normal quota of foodgrains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). This means that every poor household would get nearly double the normal quantity of ration.

Thakur said about 122 lakh metric tonnes of foodgrain will be allocated during Phase-VII (October-December 2022). The government had allocated about 244 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of free foodgrains under the PM-GKAY under Phase VI. The aggregate allocation of free foodgrains under the PM-GKAY till now stands at about 1,003 LMT of foodgrains.

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