Cabinet extends free Covid-time foodgrain plan

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NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojna (PMGKAY) till March 2022, which entitles 5 kg free foodgrain per month to nearly 81 crore people in the country. This is the fifth phase of the scheme since April 2020 when it was launched to provide relief to the poor hit by Covid-19 pandemic and with this fresh extension, the government has ensured supply of free foodgrains to the poor for 19 months.
The Centre had discontinued the scheme, which is in addition to the 5 kg foodgrains to the poor at subsidised rate under the National Food Security Act, for five months from December 2020 to April in 2021. The government resumed the scheme in May when the second wave of Covid hit the country. The decision to extend the scheme came barely weeks after UP government announced its plan to continue PMGKAY in the state till Holi.

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