Govt to provide free ration to over 80 crore people under NFSA till Dec 2023

New Delhi: The central government on Friday announced to provide free ration to more than 80 crore poor people under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) for one year.

Minister of Consumers Affairs, Food and Public distribution Piyush Goyal said the beneficiaries, who were getting food grains at highly subsidised rates under the Act would get free food grains until December 2023.

Addressing the media, about the decision taken by the Union Cabinet, Goyal said the Centre will bear the entire burden of providing free food grains under NFSA. The annual cost to the exchequer is estimated at Rs 2 lakh crore.

Under NFSA, the government provides 5 kilogram of food grains per person per month at Rs 2-3 per kg. The families covered under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) get 35 kg of food grains per month.

Rice is given to poor persons under NFSA at Rs 3 per kg and wheat at Rs 2 per kg.

Meanwhile, the government decided not to extend the free ration scheme Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), which ends on December 31.

Under PMGKAY, five kilogram of food grains per person per month is provided free to 81.35 crore beneficiaries covered under NFSA.

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