Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the nation today (7 June) has said that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyaan Anna Yojana will be extended till Diwali. This scheme has been instrumental in providing free ration to 80 crore Indians.
This scheme aims to ensure that no poor family should sleep hungry at night.
This scheme which provides 5 kg of free food grains to the beneficiaries per month was implemented for May and June keeping in mind the second Covid-19 wave.
Even last year the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was extended till Diwali and Chhat puja - that is till the end of November, until when families will receive 5 Kg of rice or wheat and 1 Kg of chana per month. This scheme benefiting 80 crore Indians will cost Rs 90,000 crore.