New Delhi, Jul 8 : Looking at the pressing need of the time to support the poor and the needy, the Central Government on Wednesday approved the extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana under which additional food grain will be provided to the poor for further five months from July to November.
Addressing a press conference, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that about 74.3 crore beneficiaries have been covered in April this year under the scheme.
“In view of the need for continuous support to the poor and needy, the Union Cabinet approves extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana – allocation of additional food grain for further five months from July to November 2020,” Javadekar said.
He said that so far about 74.3 crore beneficiaries have been covered in April, 74.75 crore in May and about 64.72 crore in June 2020.
Notably, the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) provides a safety net to the poor and vulnerable who had been worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic. www.india.com