New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced the extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), a free ration scheme, for 80 crore people across the country till end of November.
Addressing the nation, PM Modi listed various schemes and measures taken to ensure financial and employment support to the poor.
PM Modi announced package of Rs 1.75 lakh crore under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana.
“In the last 3 months, Rs. 31,000 crore deposited in bank accounts of 20 crore poor families. Also, Rs. 18000 crore deposited in bank accounts of more than 9 crore farmers.”
He said, PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till the end of November, extension to cost over Rs 90 thousand crores.
“Keeping in mind all the festivals that are coming up in the next few months, this scheme to provide 80 crore people with 5 kg free ration and 1 kg dal per month will now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja, or till the end of November,” he said.
The prime minister also said timely lockdown to contain coronavirus and other decisions saved many lives, but added that since “Unlock 1” has begun, people have shown negligence.
After easing of Lockdown, a lot of carelessness has been observed in our day-to-day activities; social distancing & COVID guidelines should be strictly followed & people violating guidelines should be stopped, he said.
Measures like wearing maks and maintaining social distancing are not being followed strictly, he added.