New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday, November 29, that the government is conducting the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to distribute free grains to nearly 80 crore people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that the scheme has been extended until March 2022.
"We're running the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to distribute free grains to over 80 million people across the country so they don't have to worry about food insecurity. The programme has been extended through March 2022. The scheme, which costs approximately Rs 2,60,000 crore, ensures that over 80 crore people have food to cook at home "In an address to the media before of the start of the winter session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this.
The Centre granted an additional distribution of foodgrain to National Food Security Act (NFSA) recipients under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (Phase IV) until November earlier this year.
The government will offer a free ration of 5 kg foodgrains per person per month to a maximum of 81.35 crore beneficiaries under the NFSA (Antyodaya Anna Yojana and Priority Households) scheme, including those receiving Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).
The Government of India is expected to move the three 'Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021' in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, the first day of the winter session of Parliament, after it is cleared by the Lok Sabha.