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PM Garib Kalyan Yojana extended till November

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New Delhi, Jun 30 (KNN) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November-end. 

In his address to the nation on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said that with the commencement of the rainy season, most of the work takes place in the agriculture sector. Also, several festivals take place one after the other, including Guru Purnima, Rakshabandhan, Shri Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam, Dussehra, Deepawali, Chhath Puja, among others.

Keeping in mind that requirements as well as expenditure will increase during this time, the government has decided to extend PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till Deepawali and Chhath Puja, i.e the scheme will continue to remain applicable from July till the end of November.

"80 crore people will be given free grains for the next five months. These families will be given five kilograms of rice or wheat and one kilogram of lentils," he added.

The government will spend more than Rs 90,000 crore towards the extension of the scheme, the Prime Minister said, adding that if the amount spent towards it in the previous three months is added together, a total of almost Rs 1.5 lakh crore would be spent towards the scheme.

He credited and thanked the hard-working farmers and honest tax payers for making it possible for the government to procure and distribute free food grains.

The Prime Minister underlined that the country is moving towards the institution of ‘one nation, one ration card’, which will be of immense benefit to the poor who travel to other states in search of work.

PM Modi emphasized that provision of food to those in need during lockdown has been the foremost priority of the country. As soon as lockdown was announced, the government brought about PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, under which a package of Rs 1.75 lakh crore for the poor was announced.

The Prime Minister further said that in the coming times, the government will continue to take further steps to empower the poor and the needy.

''Economic activities will also be enhanced, with due precautions in place,'' he added.

He reiterated the pledge to work towards 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' and to be vocal for local, while also asking people to be careful, use mask/face cover and continue following the mantra of maintaining ‘do gaz doori’.

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