Cabinet okays extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for another four months up to March 2022
Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur holding a press conference on Cabinet decisions, in New Delhi on November 24, 2021.

Cabinet okays extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for another four months up to March 2022

New Delhi, November 24, 2021

The Union Cabinet today approved the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-Phase V) for a period of another 4 months from December 2021 till March 2022.

The scheme will provide food grains at the rate of 5 kg per person per month free of cost for all the beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) [Antodaya Anna Yojana & Priority Households] including those covered under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), an official press release said.

An official press release said that the decision was in pursuance of the pro-people announcement made by the Prime Minister in his address to the nation on June 7 and as part of the Economic Response to COVID -19.

Phase-I and Phase-II of this scheme were operational from April to June, 2020 and July to November, 2020, respectively. Phase-III of the scheme was operational from May to June, 2021. Phase-IV of the scheme is currently operational for July-November, 2021 months.

The PMGKAY scheme for Phase V from December 2021 till March, 2022 would entail an estimated additional food subsidy of Rs. 53,344.52 crore, the release said.

The total outgo in terms of food grains for PMGKAY Phase V is likely to be about 163 LMT.

In the wake of economic disruptions caused by the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 in the country last year, the Government in March 2020 had announced the distribution of additional free-of-cost foodgrains (Rice/Wheat) to about 80 crore NFSA beneficiaries at the scale of 5 k per person per month under the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY), over and above the regular monthly NFSA foodgrains i.e., regular entitlements of their ration cards, so that the poor, needy and the vulnerable households/beneficiaries do not suffer on account of non-availability of adequate foodgrains during the times of economic crisis. So far, under the PM-GKAY (phase I to IV) the Department had allocated a total of almost 600 LMT foodgrains to the States/UTs equivalent to about Rs. 2.07 lakh crore in food subsidy.

The distribution under PMGKAY-IV is presently going on, and as per the reports available from States/UTs so far, 93.8% foodgrains have been lifted and nearly 37.32 LMT (93.9% of July ’21), 37.20 LMT (93.6% of Aug ’21), 36.87 LMT (92.8% of Sept ’21), 35.4 LMT (89% of Oct’ 21) and 17.9 LMT ( 45% of Nov ’21) foodgrains have been distributed to about 74.64 crore, 74.4 crore, 73.75 crore, 70.8 crore and 35.8 crore beneficiaries, respectively.

Going by the experience of earlier phases, the performance of PMGKAY-V is also expected to be on the same high level as achieved before, the release said.

Overall, the government will be incurring an expenditure of nearly Rs.2.60 lakh crore in PMGKAY Phase I- V, the release added.

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