How Have the Centre’s Food Distribution Schemes Performed So Far? -Kabir Agarwal
Food distribution under the PMGKY and Atmanirbhar Bharat package has been marked by delays.
New Delhi: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) till the end of November. Under the scheme, 800 million ration card holders who are beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NSFA) are entitled to five kg additional grain (wheat or rice) per month per person. Each ration card holding household (about 236 million) are also supposed to be provided one kg pulses (chana) per month.
This scheme was first announced by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26 for an initial period of three months – April, May and June. The provisions were made in addition to the five kg grain that ration card holders are entitled to under the NFSA.
In addition to the PMGKAY, in May the Centre also announced that under the Atmanirbhar Bharat package, 80 million migrant workers will be provided five kg food grain per person per month and that 19.6 million migrant families will be provided one kg pulses per month for the months of May and June.
Let’s take a look at how the two schemes have performed in the last three months.
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TheWire.in, 1 July, 2020, https://thewire.in/government/how-have-the-centres-food-distribution-schemes-performed-so-far