Centre extends free ration scheme by three months

The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) was started in April 2020

September 28, 2022 03:38 pm | Updated 05:17 pm IST - New Delhi:

The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was started to help the poor whose livelihoods were shuttered by a nationwide lockdown. File

The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was started to help the poor whose livelihoods were shuttered by a nationwide lockdown. File | Photo Credit: PTI

The government on September 28 extended by three months its programme to provide free rations to the poor at a cost of over ₹44,700 crore, as it looked to ease pain from high inflation and make political gains in the upcoming Gujarat election.

The scheme to provide 5 kg of wheat and rice free of cost to 80 crore poor every month, which was ending on Friday, will now run through December 31, 2022, I&B Minister Anurag Thakur said.

The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) was started in April 2020 to help the poor whose livelihoods were shuttered by a nationwide lockdown aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus.

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