PMGKAY has been extended for four months until March 2022, I&B Minister Anurag Singh Thakur informed after the Cabinet meeting. This will cost the treasury an additional Rs 53,344 crore, he said, adding that the total cost of PMGKAY would reach around Rs 2.6 lakh crore including this extension.
The cabinet extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) on Wednesday to relieve ration card holders. The free supply of 5 kg of food grains will continue until March 2022.
The program was initially launched for three months from April 2020 to help poor people amid the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in nationwide lockdown. It has since been extended several times. The 5 kg of food grains per person per month are provided in addition to the normal quota under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) to more than 80 crore of beneficiaries.
(With PTI entries)
(Edited by : Priyanka Deshpande)
First publication: STI