Modi govt extends free ration scheme till March next year: Sources

Women carry free ration collected from a fair price shop
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Women carry free ration collected from a fair price shop during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown in Delhi in May last year.

The Union Cabinet has approved the extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) till March next year, sources told India TV. Last year, the government had announced PM-GKAY for all beneficiaries covered by the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the wake of economic disruptions caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The scheme was slated to end on November 30. Under this scheme, the government provides 5 kg of food grains free of cost to around 80 crore NFSA beneficiaries.

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