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As per the Food Corporation of India (FCI) report a total of over 44 lakh tonnes food grains have been lifted by the States and Union Territories till date under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana – 2.
PMGKAY-2 is the second phase of the PMGKAY scheme which was enacted to provide foodgrains to the BPL and needy families in the country
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana-1
- Government of India, to prevent any poor family to suffer on account of non-availability of foodgrains due to disruption caused by the pandemic lockdown, had put the PKGKAY into action.
- 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.
- To ensure adequate availability of protein to all the above mentioned individuals, 1 kg of Pulses per family, would be provided according to regional preferences at free of cost by the Government of India.
Food grain distribution to migrant labourers: (Atma Nirbhar Bharat Package)
Under Atma Nirbhar Bharat package, Government of India had decided that a total 8 LMT food grains and 1 kg of gram/dal per family for the month of May and June will be provided for free to projected 8 crore migrant labourers, stranded and needy families, who are not covered under NFSA or State scheme PDS cards.