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Cupboard approves extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana for an additional 4 months

New Delhi: The Union  Cupboard has accepted the extension for  the  Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-Part V) by one other 4 months to December 2021 until March 2022.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana ensures 5 kg per individual per 30 days freed from price for all of the beneficiaries coated below the Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA) [Antodaya Anna Yojana & Priority Households] together with these coated below Direct Profit Switch (DBT).

Part-I and Part-II of this scheme was operational from April to June, 2020 and July to November, 2020 respectively. Part-III of the scheme was operational from Might to June, 2021. Part-IV of the scheme is presently operational for July-November, 2021 months.

The PMGKAY scheme for Part V from December 2021 until March, 2022 would entail an estimated further meals subsidy of Rs. 53344.52 crore. The full outgo when it comes to food-grains for PMGKAY Part V is more likely to be about 163 LMT.

It might be recalled that within the wake of financial disruptions attributable to the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 within the nation final yr, the federal government in March 2020 had introduced the distribution of further free-of-cost foodgrains (Rice/Wheat) to about 80 Crore Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA) beneficiaries on the scale of 5 Kg per individual per 30 days below the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY), over and above the common month-to-month NFSA foodgrains i.e., common entitlements of their ration playing cards.

To date, below the PM-GKAY(part I to IV) the Division had allotted a complete of just about 600 LMT foodgrains to the States/UTs equal to about Rs. 2.07 Lakh Crore in meals subsidy.

The distribution below PMGKAY-IV is presently ongoing, and as per the experiences obtainable from States/UTs to this point,  93.8% foodgrains have been lifted and practically 37.32 LMT (93.9% of July’21), 37.20 LMT (93.6% of Aug’21), 36.87 LMT (92.8% of Sept’21), 35.4 LMT (89% of Oct’21) and 17.9 LMT ( 45% of Nov’21) foodgrains have been distributed to about 74.64 Crore, 74.4 Crore, 73.75 Crore, 70.8 Crore and 35.8 crore beneficiaries respectively. 

General, the federal government can be incurring an expenditure of practically Rs.2.60 lakh Crore in PMGKAY Part I- V.

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