Goa CM hails PM's free ration scheme extension announcement

Panaji, Jun 30 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement on extending till November a free ration scheme expected to benefit 80 crore Indians.

PM Modi on Tuesday announced extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY), under which each beneficiary gets 5 kilograms of rice or wheat and one kilogram of preferred pulse per month free, till end of November.

'I welcome the extension. This is a gift to 80 crore Indians. It is a step taken by the PM to reach out to the most deprived in society,' Sawant told reporters.

Sawant said around four lakh people in Goa are covered under the scheme. PTI RPS BNM BNM