New Delhi: As many as 80 crore poor Indians will receive free rations till Diwali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the National said on Monday. This is in extension with Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
The Prime Minister said in this difficult time, the government is standing with the poor.
“Today, the government has decided that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will now be extended till Diwali. That is, by November, free food grains will be available in fixed quantity every month to more than 80 crore countrymen,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister had announced last year in October that India has been providing free ration worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore to about 80 crore poor amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The Centre had announced the scheme in March last year.
The programme is operated by the Department of Food and Public Distribution under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. The scheme aims to feed the poorest citizens of India by providing grain through the Public Distribution System, to all the priority households (ration card holders and those identified by the Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme).
Under the PMGKAY, 5 kg of rice or wheat (according to regional dietary preferences) per person and 1 kg of pulse to each family holding a ration card is provided. The scale of this welfare scheme makes it the largest food security programme in the world.
Defending the Centre’s vaccination policy, the Prime Minister said that the Centre would take back control of vaccination from states and provide vaccines to all over the next two weeks.
India reported steady decline in daily Covid-19 cases with the country today recording 1.06 lakh cases, a drop of 12 per cent from yesterday’s 1.14 lakh infections — the lowest in two months. The country’s overall caseload now stands at 2.89 crore.