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New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 26, 2022, extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) scheme for another six months i.e., till September 2022 (Phase VI), informed an official press release.
The Phase-V of the PM-GKAY scheme was to end in March 2022. The PM-GKAY has been under implementation since April 2020, as the largest food security programme in the world.
The Government has spent approximately Rs. 2.60 Lakh Crore so far and another Rs. 80,000 Crore will be spent over the next 6 months till September 2022 taking the total expenditure under PM-GKAY to nearly Rs. 3.40 Lakh Crore, the release said.
This will cover nearly 80 crore beneficiaries across India and like before would be fully funded by the Government of India, it added.
Under the extended PM-GKAY each beneficiary will get an additional 5 kg free ration per person per month in addition to his normal quota of food grains under the NFSA.
This means that every poor household would get nearly double the normal quantity of ration, the release said.
“The Government had allocated about 759 LMT of free food grains under the PM-GKAY till Phase V. With another 244 LMT of free food grains under this extension (Phase VI), the aggregate allocation of free food grains under the PM-GKAY now stands at 1,003 LMT of food grains.”
The benefit of the free ration can be availed through portability by any migrant labour or beneficiary under One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) plan from nearly 5 lakh ration shops across the country. So far, over 61 Crore portability transactions have benefitted the beneficiaries away from their homes. (Press Release)