PM Modi extends free ration scheme for poor till November amid COVID-19 crisis

On the extension of the PMGKAY, he said it will cost the government Rs 90,000 crore more.Under the scheme, five kgs of wheat or rice and one kg of pulses per month will be given free of cost to the poor. The scheme was initially rolled out for three months. The government will spend a total of Rs 1.5 lakh crore on the scheme.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi


NEW DELHI:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday 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.

 

In a televised address to the nation, Modi also said the government was working on a "one nation, one ration card" initiative.

 

On the extension of the PMGKAY, he said it will cost the government Rs 90,000 crore more.Under the scheme, five kgs of wheat or rice and one kg of pulses per month will be given free of cost to the poor.

 

The scheme was initially rolled out for three months.

 

The government will spend a total of Rs 1.5 lakh crore on the scheme.

 

The prime minister also said timely lockdown to contain coronavirus and other decisions saved many lives, but added that since "Unlock 1" has begun, people have shown negligence.

 

He said in comparison to other countries across the globe, India has done well in dealing with the pandemic.

 

PM Modi expressed gratitude towards farmers and the honest tax payers without whom the government would not have been able to provide help to the poor.
 


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