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Free ration Scheme UPSC NOTE

 Why in News

  • Free ration scheme to be extended for five more years.

  • The Union government’s scheme to provide 5 kg of free foodgrains every month to 80 crore Indians.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY)

  • PMGKAY is a food security scheme of the Government of India.

  • This scheme provides free food grains to poor families. 

  • The scheme was launched in during the COVID-19 pandemic and was later extended.

  • Eligible beneficiaries are given 5 kg of rice or wheat free of cost per person per month

  • Beneficiaries get grains through the Public Distribution System (PDS).

Following are the objectives of PMGKAY:

  1. Providing food security to poor families.

  2. Helping people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

  3. controlling food prices.

The beneficiaries of PMGKAY are divided into the following categories:

  1. Beneficiaries of Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY)

  2. Priority Household (PHH) Beneficiaries.

  3. General category beneficiaries.

  • All schemes under National Food Security Act (NFSA)

  • Under PMGKAY, the Government of India has allocated a budget of Rs 3.85 trillion in 2022-23 .

  • Under this scheme, 80. 3 crore beneficiaries are expected to benefit in 2022-23 .

  • The scheme has helped provide food security to poor families and helped those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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