Zoom News : Sep 28, 2022, 02:54 PM
Food Grains Scheme: The scheme to provide free food grains to the poor i.e. Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) has been extended for the next three months. This scheme was ending on 30 September. In the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, it was decided that the free food grains scheme should be extended for the next three months i.e. till December.For information, let us tell you that under this scheme started during the Kovid period, free food grains are given to the poor. To run this scheme, the government has to bear an expenditure of $ 18 billion every year. Under the Free Grain Scheme, 80 crore people are given free food grains. Earlier, the Ministry of Food had written a letter to the Central Government, in which it was said that this scheme should be extended by 3 months.The plan was implemented for a few monthsDuring the Corona epidemic, the Modi government started the Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, which benefited crores of people. This scheme was implemented for a few months but for the last few months it has been continuously expanded. Under this scheme, 5 kg of wheat or rice and one kg of whole gram are given free of cost to every person. This is in addition to the subsidized ration already provided under the National Food Security Act.The plan was extended for 6 months in MarchAccording to a report of the Central Government, so far there is no shortage in the stock of food grains with the Food Corporation of India. As of August 1, the government had 28 million tonnes of rice and 26.7 million tonnes of wheat in the central pool. In such a situation, it was expected that the Modi government could extend this food scheme for the poor even after September. Significantly, this scheme was extended for 6 months in March till September this year.