new Delhi. The central government has decided to extend the free food grains distribution program Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana ie PMGKAY till September this year. This decision was taken in the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.
Giving information about this decision, Food and Supplies Minister Piyush Goyal said that the government has extended the period of free food grain distribution scheme PMGKAY for six months. Now the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will continue till September 2022.
The plan was ending on 31 March
It is worth noting that since the year 2020, free ration is being provided to poor families under this scheme by the Central Government. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was announced in March 2020. Initially this scheme was launched for the period of April-June 2020, but later it was extended till November 30, 2021 and March 31, 2022.
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In addition to subsidized food grains, free ration is given
Under PMGKAY, more than 80 crore people are being provided 5 kg food grains per month. Under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 80 crore ration card holders have been identified for free ration. They are given free ration in addition to the subsidized food grains distributed through ration shops.
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The scheme is limited to ration card holders only.
It is noteworthy that the benefit of free food grains under PMGKAY is not for those who do not have ration card. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana is limited to the ration card holders, that is, the citizen of the country who has a ration card available, is getting his quota of ration as well as additional ration under this scheme.
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