Modi govt announces free ration to 80 crore poor by March

New Delhi: In a major decision today, the Union Cabinet has decided to expand the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana to provide free ration to the poor by March 2022. Union Minister Anurag Thakur today briefed about the cabinet decisions.  He told a press conference that under the fifth phase, there will be an estimated food subsidy of Rs 53,344.52 crore on foodgrains.

The Modi Cabinet has also accepted the proposal to withdraw the Agricultural Law, which will be introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament. Anurag Thakur said the Union Cabinet led by PM Modi today completed the formalities of repealing three agricultural laws. Withdrawing these three agricultural laws will be our priority during the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament.

State that under PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), 5 kg of foodgrains per person per month is being provided free of cost to more than 80 crore beneficiaries. The scheme was initially launched for three months from April 2020 to provide relief to the poor people amid the global epidemic Corona virus, during which there was a nationwide lockdown. Since then, it has been taken forward several times.

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