New Delhi: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) till the end of November. Under the scheme, 800 million individuals who are beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NSFA), and whose names appear on a ration card, are entitled to five kg additional grain (wheat or rice) per month. In addition, one kg of pulses (chana) per month is to be provided to each ration card holding household (about 236 million).
So, if five members of a family are listed on one ration card, the family as a whole will be entitled to 25 kg of grain – five kg for each member – and one kg of pulses every month.
This scheme was first announced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26 for an initial period of three months – April, May and June. The provisions were made in addition to the five kg grain that ration card holders are entitled to under the NFSA.
In addition to the PMGKAY, in May the Centre also announced that under the Atmanirbhar Bharat package, 80 million migrant workers will be provided five kg food grain per person per month and that 19.6 million migrant families will be provided one kg pulses per month for the months of May and June.
Let’s take a look at how the two schemes have performed in the last three months.
As per a June 29 press release of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (MCAFPD), the benefits of the two schemes have not yet reached all the 800 million people they were targeted at.