Mumbai: In another development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Tuesday that his government will extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana, by the end of November, under which food grains are being made available to the poor and needy.
“The festive season is starting in July. Guru Purnima will be celebrated on 5 July. After this, the month of Sawan will begin. In this season of festivals, everyone’s needs and expenses go up. Keeping this in mind, the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana has been extended till Diwali and Chatth Puja, i.e till the end of November,” the Prime Minister said.
“The scheme will provide free food grains to 80 crore people, and will now come into force in July, August, September, October, and November. The government will provide 5 kg of wheat or 5 kg of rice to each family member, during these five months apart from this each family will get one kg of chana (chick peas) every month,” he added.
Under PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana, Government will provide free ration to 80 crore poor brothers-sisters for next five months. Every member of the family will get 5 kg wheat or rice. Also, every family will get one kilogram whole chana per month, free of cost: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/sSOx5bnozK
— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2020
The Prime Minister further said that an additional expenditure of 90 thousand crores will be required for the expansion of this scheme.
“If we add up the expenses incurred during the last three months, it is the sum of about Rs 1.5 lakh crore,” he adds.
The plan was announced by the Center as part of the first rescue package during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan ends on June 30.
The scheme, announced for a period of three months, includes 80 crore ration cardholders. Each household was given 5 kg of food grains (rice or wheat) and 1 kg of pulses (gram only) for free.