The Central government on Friday announced its decision to give free ration to poor sections of the society for two months under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAN). The government will provide 5kg free food grains to about 80 crore beneficiaries for the months of May and June, 2021.
The Centre will spend Rs 26,000 crore on the initiative which is in lines with last year's Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY).
The decision has been taken in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to the poor as the country battles a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
PM Modi had stressed that it was important for the poor to have nutritional support amid the pandemic.