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Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana: Around 39 crore People Received Financial Assistance of Rs 34,800 Crore So Far

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

Using the digital payment infrastructure, around 39 crore poor people received financial assistance of Rs 34,800 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) as on 5th May 2020, announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 26th March 2020 to protect them from the impact of the lockdown due to COVID 19.

Free Food Grains and Cash Payment to Women, Farmers and Poor Senior Citizens

As part of the PMGKP, the Government announced free food grains and cash payment to women and poor senior citizens and farmers. The swift implementation of the package is being continuously monitored by Central and State governments. Finance Ministry, the concerned Ministries, Cabinet Secretariat and PMO are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the relief measures reach the needy swiftly and in line with the intent of the lockdown.

Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)

Fintech and digital technology have been employed for swift and efficient transfer to the beneficiary. Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), i.e. transfer that ensures that the amount is directly credited into the account of the beneficiary, eliminates leakage and improves efficiency has been employed. This has also ensured credit to the beneficiary’s account without the need for the beneficiary to physically go to the branch.

The progress achieved so far, under various components of PMGKP is as follows: 

  • Rs 16,394crore front loaded towards payment of the first instalment of PM-KISAN to 19 crore beneficiaries.

  • Rs 10,025 crorecredited to 05 crore (98.33%) women Jan Dhan account holders as first instalment. The number of women PMJDY accounts holders whose accounts have been debited by customer induced transaction is 8.72 crore (44%). Rs. 2,785 crore credited to 5.57 crore women Jan Dhan account holders with second instalment as on 5th May.

  • Rs 1405 croredisbursed to about 2.82 crore old age persons, widows and disabled persons. Benefits transferred to all 2.812 crore beneficiaries.

  • 20 croreBuilding & Construction Workers received financial support amounting to Rs 3492.57 crore.

  • So far 65 Lakh MTof food grains have been lifted by 36 States/UTs for April. 30.16 LMT of foodgrains have been distributed, covering 60.33 crore beneficiaries by 36 States/UTs for April 2020. 6.19 LMT of food grains have been distributed, covering 12.39 crore beneficiaries by 22 States/UTs for May 2020.

  • 42 LMT of Pulses have also been dispatched to various states/UTs. Pulses have been distributed so far to 5.21 crore household beneficiaries out of 19.4 crore such beneficiaries.

  • Total 5.09 crore  Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) cylinders have been booked under this scheme so far and 4.82 crore PMUY free cylinders already delivered to beneficiaries.

  • 6 Lakh membersof Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has taken benefit of online withdrawal of non-refundable advance from EPFO account amounting to 2985 crore.

  • 24% EPF contribution transferred to97 Lakh employees account amounting to Rs 698 crore

  • Increased rate of MGNREGA has been notified w.e.f 01-04-2020  . In the current financial year, 97 Crore person’s man-days of work generated. Further, Rs 21,032 crore released to States to liquidate pending dues of both wage and material.

  • Insurance Scheme for Health workers in Government Hospitals and Health Care Centres has been operationalised by New India Assurance covering 22.12 Lakh health workers.

 Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package

Total Direct Benefit Transfer till 05/05/2020



Number of Beneficiaries


Support to PMJDY women account holders

1st Ins - 20.05 crore (98.3%)

2nd Ins - 5.57 crore

1st Ins - 10025 crore

2nd Ins – 2785 crore

Support to NSAP (Aged widows, Divyang, Senior citizen)

2.82 crore (100%)

  1405 crore

Front-loaded payments to farmers under PM-KISAN

8.19 crore

16394 crore

Support to Building & Other Construction workers

2.20 crore

   3493 crore

24% contribution to EPFO


.45 crore

698 crore



39.28 crore

34800 crore


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