New Delhi: The government on Wednesday approved the extension for the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-Phase VII) for an additional period of 3 months from October to December 2022.
The main objective behind this move is to insure food security at a time when the entire world is bearing the brunt of COVID-19. The government said in a press note that India successfully maintains food security for its vulnerable sections by taking necessary steps to maintain availability and affordability for the common man.
When festivals are around the corner, which drains huge amounts of money from Indian households, the government has decided to extend the “PMGKAY” for a period of three months to help the poor and weaker sections of the society for the upcoming major festivals like Navratri. support can be given. Dussehra, Milad-un-Nabi, Deepawali, Chhath Puja, Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti, Christmas etc which they can celebrate with great gaiety and community for the festivities. It also mentioned that “the approval for extension of PMGKAY by three months will allow people to take advantage of easy availability of food grains without any financial crunch.”
Under this scheme, 5 kg of food grains per month is provided free of cost to all the beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA). [Antodaya Anna Yojana & Priority Households] These include those covered under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).
So far, the Government of India has spent around Rs 3.45 lakh crore on the PMGKAY scheme in four phases. Whereas, about Rs 44,762 crore will be spent in this fifth phase, taking the total expenditure for all the five phases to Rs 3.91 lakh crore.
The total expenditure in case of food grains for PMGKAY Phase VII is likely to be around 122 LMT. The total allocation of food grains for Phase I-VII is around 1121 LMT.
As of now, PMGKAY has been in operation for 25 months as follows:
Phase I & II (8 Months): Apr’20 to Nov’20
Phase-III to V (11 Months): May’21 to March’22
Phase-VI (6 Months): Apr’22 to Sep’22
PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) was launched by the Central Government with the intention of providing food security to the poor, needy and vulnerable families/beneficiaries during the COVID-19 crisis so that they do not suffer due to non-availability. Enough food. This has effectively doubled the amount of monthly foodgrain entitlement normally given to the beneficiaries.