The Centre will bear an extra expenditure of Rs 67,266.44 crore on extending the free foodgrains distribution programme known as the Pradhan Mantri Garb Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) for 5 months ranging from July, which along with the Rs 26,602 crore further spending on the scheme for Might and June, entails a complete anticipated further expenditure of Rs 93,868 crore on free meals in FY22.
The union cupboard as we speak gave a proper approval for extending the third part of PMGKAY began for Might and June for 5 extra months ending in November.
This extra subsidy expenditure of round Rs 93,868 crore will probably be over and above the same old meals subsidy requirement of about Rs 1.8 trillion that the Centre normally spends in a 12 months to distribute low cost grains to over 800 million Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA) beneficiaries.
The PMGKAY was reintroduced for 2 months until June this 12 months to be able to minimise the financial hardships being confronted by the poor PDS (public distribution system) beneficiaries through the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whereas addressing the nation earlier this month, had introduced that the Centre’s free meals programme PMGKAY will probably be prolonged for 5 months until Diwali.
The identical proposal was permitted in a Cupboard assembly chaired by Modi, on Wednesday.
Previous to that, in April 2021, the Centre had restarted the free meals grains distribution scheme below PMGKAY for Might and June with an estimated expenditure of Rs 26,602 crore.
The scheme was launched on the identical strains of PMGKAY of 2020 began through the first COVID wave.
Underneath PMGKAY, the Centre offers 5-kilo meals grains per individual per thirty days freed from price to 813.5 million beneficiaries lined below Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA).
That is over and above distribution of extremely month-to-month subsidised meals grains of 5 kg per individual given at Rs 1-3 per kg by way of ration outlets to poor beneficiaries lined below the NFSA. T
The foodgrains outgo will probably be 20.4 million tonnes for 5 months distribution below the PMGKAY ranging from July. This will probably be along with 8 million tonnes of meals grains outgo below PMGKAY for Might and June.
The federal government stated the sanction of extra meals grains below the PMGKAY for 5 extra months ranging from July would entail an estimated meals subsidy of Rs 64,031 crore.
Because the central authorities is bearing your complete expenditure in the direction of this scheme with none contribution by states, an extra expenditure of about Rs 3,234.85 crore can be required to be met in the direction of transportation and dealing with and ration store sellers’ margins, and many others by the federal government, the assertion stated.
“Thus, the full estimated expenditure to be borne by the Authorities of India will probably be Rs 67,266.44 crore,” it added.
The Meals Ministry will resolve on the allocation of wheat and rice.