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PRADHAN MANTRI GARIB KALYAN YOJANA EXTENDED TILL NOVEMBER 2021

PRADHAN MANTRI GARIB KALYAN YOJANA EXTENDED TILL NOVEMBER 2021

Context:

The Union government has approved PM Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY 4.0) to allocate additional food grain for another period of 5 months from July 2021 to November 2021.

Key Points about the Extended Phase of PMGKY:

  • PMGKY 4.0 (Phase IV) will be launched from July 2021 to November 2021.
  • Free of cost food grains will be given at 5 kg per person per month under this scheme.
  • Phase four of the scheme will reach the 81.35 crore beneficiaries, who are covered under National Food Security Act (NFSA), Antyodaya Anna Yojana and Priority Households.
  •  It will also benefit those covered under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).
  • Additional food grain will be sanctioned at the subsidy of Rs.64,031 crore.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY):

  • It was launched under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) to help the poor fight against Covid-19.
  • The Ministry of Finance launched it.
  • At first, the scheme was announced for a 3-month period that is April, May & June 2020.
  • It covered 80 crore ration cardholders.
  • Later, it was extended till November 2020. The scheme was restarted in April 2021 after the 2nd wave of the covid-19 pandemic.

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