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In difficult times, when a lot of people lost their jobs and source of earning, the Government of India took the initiative to provide food to the poor and needy people. The government announced a new scheme Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PKGKAY).
What is PMGKAY?
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on 26, March 2020 announced the scheme, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna. The main motive of this scheme is to feed the poor people. The scheme is for the people who were affected during the COVID-19 pandemic which was later extended by Cabinet minister Anurag Thakur till March 2022. The scheme was launched by the Department of Food and Public Distribution under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Food and Public Distribution.
The objective is to provide gain to the needy people. The government was offering 5kg rice or wheat per person and 1kg of dal to each family. This scheme was scaled the largest in the world. The ration was provided to all the families who hold ration cards.
Around 81.35 crore people were provided grain. The Wheat has been allocated to 6 states or union territories, which are:
And the remaining states or union territories that were allocated rice.
- Who is earning on the daily basis
- Below the poverty line
- Families who come under Antyodaya Ana Yojana and Priority Households
- Widows or age above 60 years
- All the tribes
How to opt for the scheme: If you fall in any of these categories, visit the nearest government-owned ration shop with your ration card.