Mumbai: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana is an unprecedented food security scheme and there is no such food security scheme in any country of the world.
ANI quoted Javadekar saying, “In the five months leading up to November, 80 crore people will get 5 kg of rice or wheat and 1 kg of pulses for free. No such food security scheme is available in any country in the world.”
“The Prime Minister’s announcement will strengthen the poor people across the country. Earlier, the Prime Minister had announced Rs 1.70 lakh crore for the welfare of the poor, under which people got cash, gas and food grains. Now the PM has announced an additional Rs 90,000 crore scheme for people’s food security,” he added.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his government would extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, by the end of November, under which food grains are being made available to the poor and needy.
“The scheme will provide 80 crore people with free grains, will now be applicable in July, August, September, October and November too. The government, during these five months, will give each family member 5-kilogram wheat or 5-kilogram rice free of cost, apart from this each family will get free one kg of chana (chickpeas) too every month,” he said.
The Prime Minister further said that the extension of this scheme will require an additional expense of Rs 90,000 crore.