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PMGKAY: Cabinet Approves Extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

M Kanika
M Kanika
Free of Cost Foodgrains
Free of Cost Foodgrains

In pursuance of the pro-people announcement made by  the Prime Minister in his address to the nation on 7 June 2021 and as part of the Economic Response to COVID -19, the   Cabinet has approved the extension of  Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-Phase V) for a  period of  another 4 months i.e. December 2021 till March 2022.

At 5 kg per person per month free of cost for all the beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) [Antyodaya Anna Yojana & Priority Households] including those covered under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

Phase-I and Phase-II of this scheme were operational from April to June 2020 and July to November 2020 respectively. Phase-II of the scheme was operational from May to June 2021. Phase-IV of the scheme is currently operational for July-November, 2021 months. The PMGKAY scheme for Phase V from December 2021 till March 2022 would entail an estimated additional food subsidy of Rs. 53344.52 crore. The total outgo in terms of food grains for PMGKAY Phase V is likely to be about 163 LMT.

Centre Announced Distribution of Additional Free Foodgrains  

It may be recalled that in the wake of economic disruptions caused by the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 in the country last year, the Government in March 2020 had announced the distribution of additional free-of-cost food grains (Rice/Wheat) to about 80 Crore National Food Security Act (NFSA)

beneficiaries at the scale of 5 Kg per person per month under the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY), over and above the regular monthly NFSA food grains i.e., regular entitlements of their ration cards, so that the poor, needy and the vulnerable households/beneficiaries do not suffer on account of non-availability of adequate food grains during the times of economic crisis.

So far, under the PM-GKAY (phase I to IV) the Department had allocated a total of almost 600 LMT food grains to the States/UTs equivalent to about Rs. 2.07 Lakh Crore in food subsidy. The distribution under PMGKAY-IV is presently ongoing, and as per the reports available from States/UTs so far,  93.8% of food grains have been lifted and nearly 37.32 LMT (93.9% of July’21), 37.20 LMT (93.6% of Aug’21), 36.87 LMT (92.8% of Sept’21), 35.4 LMT (89% of Oct’21) and 17.9 LMT ( 45% of Nov’21) food grains have been distributed to about 74.64 Crore, 74.4 Crore, 73.75 Crore, 70.8 Crore, and 35.8 crore beneficiaries respectively.  

Going by the experience of earlier phases, the performance of PMGKAY-V is also expected to be on the same high level as achieved before. Overall, the government will be incurring an expenditure of nearly Rs.2.60 lakh Crore in PMGKAY Phase I- V.

Source: PIB

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