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Current Affairs 01-07-2020, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the free grain distribution scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) will be extended by five months till the end of November, with an additional estimated outlay of ₹90,000 crore.

Under this scheme, for the next five months, 5 kg of free rice or wheat, and 1 kg of chana will be provided free to 80 crore Indians

The salient features of the scheme are:

  1. Government of India would not allow anybody, especially any poor family, to suffer on account of non-availability of food grains due to disruption in the three months.

  2. 80 crore individuals, i.e, roughly two-thirds of India’s population would be covered under this scheme.

  3. Each one of them would be provided double of their current entitlement over next three months.

This additionality would be free of cost.

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