The Centre has allotted practically 600 lakh tonne of foodgrains at no cost distribution underneath Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to supply reduction to ration card holders amid the pandemic, and out of this, 83 per cent grains had been lifted by states until September 15.
To ameliorate the hardships confronted by the poor and needy attributable to financial disruptions attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, the central authorities introduced PMGKAY final 12 months, an official assertion mentioned.
The Centre is offering an extra amount of 5 kg foodgrains per particular person per 30 days, freed from value, to greater than 80 crore beneficiaries over and above the conventional quota underneath Nationwide Meals Safety Act (NFSA).
Initially, this extra free profit underneath PMGKAY was offered for a interval of three months (April-June 2020).
Nevertheless, with the disaster persevering with, the programme was prolonged for one more 5 months (July-November 2020).
After the onset of the second wave of the pandemic, PMGKAY was as soon as once more rolled out for a interval of two months (Could-June 2021) and was additional prolonged for a interval of 5 months (July- November 2021).
“Authorities of India has up to now allotted practically 600 lakh tonne of foodgrains underneath PMGKAY scheme in all its 4 phases. In opposition to the full allocation carried out underneath the scheme in all phases, 82.76 per cent of lifting of foodgrains has been carried out until September 15, 2021,” the assertion mentioned.
Until September 15 of phase-4 interval, which began in July this 12 months, 56.53 per cent of foodgrains had been lifted within the nation. Part-4 will conclude in November 2021.
Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar is on the prime by lifting highest proportion of foodgrains throughout phase-4. It has lifted 93 per cent of the allotted foodgrains underneath PMGKAY-phase 4, adopted by Odisha at 92 per cent.
Tripura and Meghalaya are on the third spot lifting 73 per cent every whereas Telangana, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh lifted 71 per cent foodgrains every until September 15.
Beneath NFSA, the federal government offers 5 kg of foodgrains per particular person per 30 days to over 80 crore folks at a extremely subsidised charge of Rs 1-3 per kg. Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) offers 35 kg per household per 30 days.
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