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80 crore people to get free foodgrains for 5 more months as PM Modi extends free ration scheme


Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana

Hindustan Times, New Delhi : In a televised address to the nation, Modi announced extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), a free ration scheme, for 80 crore people across the country till end of November.(PTI)

The Congress sought to take credit for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to extend the free ration scheme for 80 crore people till November-end.

Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate said the announcement came in response to Sonia Gandhi’s letter to Modi on June 22 in which she had requested him to provide free food grains to the poor for three more months from July in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation across the country.

“It is important to remember that this extension of the scheme was suggested multiple times by the Congress president in her letter to the Prime Minister,” Shrinate said, addressing a virtual news conference.

In her letter to the Prime Minister on June 22, Gandhi had also said that millions of Indians are at risk of slipping into poverty due to the strict nationwide lockdown for the past three months. Gandhi had recalled that the provision for supply of 5 kg free food grains per person every month to Antyodaya Anna Yojana and priority households under the National Food Security Act from April-June in addition to regular entitlements was announced at the beginning of the lockdown.

The government had also announced free food grains of 5kg per person every month for migrants not covered under any central or state public distribution system (PDS) scheme for May and June.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had in May announced providing 800,000 tonne of emergency ration for migrants under the union government’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat programme for distribution during May and June. Read More...

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