Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana to be approved by November 2020July 9, 2020
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has extended the period of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) by five months from July to November 2020 for additional allocation of food grains from the Central Pool as an economic measure to tackle Kovid-19. Till approved.
The Government of India announced the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP)’ in March 2020 to address the immense difficulties faced by the poor due to economic disruptions arising out of Kovid-19 in the country. This package includes, among other things, the implementation of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY)’, through which about 81 crore beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA), 5 per person per month Additional kilograms (rice / wheat) is being provided free of cost, so that poor and vulnerable families / beneficiaries can easily get foodgrains without facing any financial hassle. Initially, food grains were provided for three months ie April, May and June under this program.
However, keeping in mind the need for continued help to the poor and needy, the duration of PM-GKAY scheme has been extended for the next 5 months i.e. July-November 2020.
Earlier, under PM-GKAY, this department had allocated about 120 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of foodgrains to the States / Union Territories on 30 March 2020, to be distributed during three months (April-June, 2020). . Accordingly, FCI and other state agencies have delivered more than 116.5 LMT (97%) of the total 120 LMT foodgrains to all the States / UTs for distribution under this special scheme. So far, all the States / UTs have reported jointly disbursement of approximately 107 LMT (89% of allocated food grains) for the period April-June, 2020. So far, about 74.3 crore beneficiaries have been covered in April and 74.75 crore beneficiaries have been covered in May and about 64 in June 2020. 72 crore beneficiaries have taken advantage of these additional free food grains in addition to their regular NFSA food grains. Distribution is still underway and the distribution figures will be updated after the delivery is completed. Not only this, some states have distributed two-three months PM-GKAY food grains at one go due to various logistic reasons.
Under regular NFSA distribution, around 252 LMT of food grains of NFSA and PM-GKAY during April, May and June 2020 were transferred by FCI across the country using its strong supply network. Continuous food was sent to remote and inaccessible places by other means such as air and water routes to ensure timely supply to its beneficiaries. It is noteworthy that FCI and the department ensured uninterrupted delivery of food grains to the beneficiaries under NFSA and PM-GKAY scheme while maintaining supply chains extremely efficiently even during complete lockdown. In addition, despite a temporary ban on biometric authentication in many states, IT-based PDS reforms were benefited in times of crisis with about 4.88 lakh (90) out of a total of 5.4 lakh fair price shops (FPS).
Last year i.e. during April-May-June of 2019, this department allocated a total of 130.2 LMT food grains under NFSA, out of which about 123 LMT (95% food grains) was lifted by the States / Union Territories. At the same time, during the same period of three months of April-May-June 2020, this department had allocated a total of around 252 LMT of food grains for these beneficiaries (132 LMTs under NFSA and 120 LMTs under PM-GKAY), of which 247 More than LMT food grains have been taken up and 226 LMTs have been disbursed to the beneficiaries of NFSA so far during the last three months, indicating that nearly twice the normal quantity of food grains as a much-needed relief to the people Has been delivered.
Now as the period of ‘PM-GKAY’ has been extended for 5 more months till November 2020, the equally strong supply and distribution of food grains will be sustained even further. Under this, there will be an additional estimated expenditure of Rs 76062 crore on the cost and distribution of food grains.