Prime News, National, New Delhi, July 8:- The Union Cabinet has given approval for extending Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojana today (July 8). Under the scheme 5 kilogram of wheat or rice will be distributed to every member of the beneficiary family. One kilogram of Chana for each family will be given free for 5 more months benefitting more than 80 crore people in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the extension of the scheme in his address to the nation on June 30. He had said, poor and needy persons will not go hungry in the country and free ration during the rainy and forthcoming festival seasons during the time of current Covid-19 pandemic will be provided to them.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the first phase of the scheme just after the imposition of nationwide lockdown. Under the first phase free food grains was provided for three months from April this year. The second phase which will last for another five months began from July 1 and will last till November 30.
Under the second phase, 200 lakh Metric Tonnes of grain and 9.78 lakh Metric Tonnes of Chana will be distributed among the National Food Security Act beneficiaries. Both the phases of the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojana will together incur a total expenditure of Rs 1.50 lakh crore. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)