New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the further extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) as part of the Economic Response to COVID-19, for another five months from July to November 2020.
Under the scheme it is proposed to distribute 9.7 Lakh MT cleaned whole Chana to States/UTs for distribution to all beneficiary households under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) @ 1kg per month free of cost under for next five months -July to November 2020 at a total estimated cost of Rs 6,849.24 crore.
About 19.4 crore households would be covered under the Scheme. All expenses on the extended PMGKAY are to be borne by the Central Government. Extension of the Yojana is in line with the commitments of the Government of India not to allow anybody, especially any poor family, to suffer on account of the non-availability of food grains due to disruption during the next five months. Free distribution of whole Chana will also ensure adequate availability of protein to all the above-mentioned individuals during these five months.
The distribution of pulses for the package emanated from the robust availability of stock in the buffer which was set up in 2015-2016. The government of India has sufficient stocks of Gram for distribution for the extended period of PMGKAY.
In the first phase of the PMGKAY (from April to June 2020), 4.63 lakh MTs of pulses have been distributed already, benefiting 18.2 Cr. households across the country.
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