Centre Extends Free Ration Scheme By Three Months

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New Delhi: The government on Wednesday extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) scheme to provide free ration for the next three months.

The scheme, to provide 5 kg of wheat and rice free of cost to 80 crore poor every month, which was ending on September 30, will now run through December 31, 2022, said I&B Minister Anurag Thakur.

The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) was started in April 2020 to help the poor.

The Centre had in April 2021 re-introduced the scheme for a period of two months of May and June 2021 (Phase-III) and extended it for another five months from July to November 2021 (Phase-IV).

The scheme was again extended from December 2021 to March 2022 (Phase-V).

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