Before the New Year, the Modi government has given a big gift to the poor.
The central government has extended the free grain scheme that started during the Corona period for the next five years.
The proposal for this was approved in a meeting on Wednesday. The scheme was supposed to end in December, but the government’s decision means it will now continue for the next 5 years.
This means the poor will keep getting free grains until January 1, 2024. About 81.35 crore people will benefit from this scheme.
81 crore people will get free grains
Under PMGKY, the Central Government will give free food grains to 81 crore people every month for the next 5 years.
According to government data, the cost of helping with food will be about Rs 11.80 lakh crore for the government through this plan.
The government is ready to pay for this help so that free food can be given to the people who need it.
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 29, 2023
Government announced historic decision
After agreeing to this help, the government released a statement calling it a very important decision.
The government’s announcement stated that this significant decision has made the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana the world’s largest social welfare plan.
The plan aims to provide food and nutrition security to 81.35 crore people in the next 5 years, costing Rs 11.80 lakh crore.
For Antyodaya families, the price of 35 kg rice is Rs 1371, and the cost of 35 kg wheat is Rs 946. Now, these families will receive this ration completely free.
The Government of India will bear this expense under PMGKAY. This will also result in monthly savings for those holding ration cards.
PM Modi had announced the expansion
Let me explain that during the Corona period, the Central Government began a program to give free food to the poor.
Even after the Corona epidemic was over, the government kept this program going and extended its end date many times.
Originally, it was supposed to end on December 31, 2023, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a gathering in Durg, Chhattisgarh, on November 4, to extend this program for 5 more years.
Following this announcement, the Central Government has now extended the program for the next five years.