The Central Government has announced the extension of the Scheme to distribute Free of cost – Wheat & Rice Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to around 80 Crore people till November 2021. Earlier, the scheme was applicable for the months of May & June 2021 only.
i.Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), the Central government is distributing 5 Kg free food grains per person per month to 80 Crore beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).
- It was launched to support the vulnerable sections of the society and was implemented during April-November 2020.
- It was reintroduced for May-June 2021 to deal with the impact of the 2nd wave of the pandemic. The estimated cost for the two months was around INR 25, 332.92 Crore.
ii. Food Corporation of India (FCI) is the nodal agency for procurement and distribution of foodgrains.
|About Food Corporation of India (FCI)|
It is a statutory body created and run by the Government of India. It is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
Chairman & MD – Atish Chandra
Headquarters – New Delhi