The central government has announced to give 5 kg of free grain per person in May and June 2021 under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
PMGKAY is being re-implemented at the request of some state governments as last year saw good impact of the scheme. Last year, a sudden lockdown was imposed to stop the spread of Kovid-19.
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Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said, “FCI has prepared the entire machinery of more than 2,000 depots to keep the stock ready for distribution to the states. The FCI is in constant contact with the states. We will ensure supply from FCI to the state government and thereafter at fair price shops or ration shops. ”More than 26000 crore rupees will be spent on Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana
He said that 80 lakh tonnes of food grains will be distributed in the next two months, which will put a financial burden of more than Rs 26,000 crore on the exchequer. Pandey said that this time pulses have not been included under PMGKAY. Last year it was kept in an exception and pulses with cereals were given free of cost. The National Food Security Act (NFSA) scheme is only about food grains. ”
Government has enough stock to extend PMGKY scheme from June onwards
The secretary said that if the government has enough stock to extend the PMGKY scheme from June onwards. He said, “I can assure you, we have enough stock to deal with the situation.” Since the purchase is going on, more stock is coming. We have enough stock. ”
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Asked why the government is restricting the distribution of free food grains for only two months and whether this is a sign of a lockdown in the coming months, the secretary said, “The Prime Minister clarified It has been said that there will not be a complete lockdown. ”