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Prime Minister announced that the free grain distribution scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) will be extended till the end of November.
Under this scheme five kilograms of free rice or wheat, and one kilogram of chana/Pulses will be provided free to 80 crore Indians (i.e, roughly two-thirds of India’s population covered under this scheme) till the end of November.
Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY)
- Each one of the 80 crore Indians would be provided double (5+5Kgs) of their current entitlement of Rice and Wheat.
- This additionality would be free of cost.
- Pulses: To ensure adequate availability of protein to all the above-mentioned individuals, 1 kg per family, would be provided pulses according to regional preferences for next three months.
- These pulses would be provided free of cost by the Government of India.
-Source: The Hindu