New Delhi: The lockdown was implemented on 24 March due to the coronavirus in the country, after which Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26, under the Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana, announced to give five kg of grain (wheat or rice) per person and one kg per family for free. It was implemented for three months from April to June, which has now been extended by PM Modi till November.
In March, under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Package, the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana was announced. Under this, all poor families who have ration cards after them, and who do not have them, are being given per month, 5 kg wheat/rice and one kg gram per person since April. This free grain is in addition to the current quota of food grains available on the ration card.
Due to the lockdown, workers were migrating from big cities to their homes on a large scale. In view of this, the central government started the poor welfare food scheme. So that no one is hungry in the country. Earlier it was implemented till June, but now it has been extended till November. This benefit is also being given to those families who do not have ration cards. There are still a large number of people in the country who do not have ration cards. The entire expenditure of this scheme is being borne by the Central Government. It has been reported that about 80 crore Indians will benefit from this scheme.