Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana
Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Welfare Schemes
- PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was announced as part of the first relief package during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The scheme was announced for a three-month period and ends on June 30.
- The scheme covered 80 crore ration card holders. Each household was provided 5 kg of foodgrains (rice or wheat) and 1 kg of pulses (only channa ) free of cost.
The salient features of the scheme are:
- Government of India would not allow anybody, especially any poor family, to suffer on account of non-availability of food grains due to disruption in the three months.
- 80 crore individuals, i.e, roughly two-thirds of India’s population would be covered under this scheme.
- Each one of them would be provided double of their current entitlement over next three months.
- This additionality would be free of cost.
Do you know?
- According to Union Food and Public Distribution Ministry, 116.02 lakh tonnes of foodgrains have been lifted under the scheme.
- Around 21 States have appealed to the Centre to extend the scheme for another three months till September.
- Food Corporation of India has “sufficient stock of foodgrains”.