23 Dec 2022

Govt. Extends Free Ration Scheme For Poor By One Year

New Delhi: The central government has decided to provide free ration to 81.3 crore poor people of the country by 2023. This decision has been taken under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the meeting chaired by PM Modi on Friday. Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that giving free ration to the poor will cost the government Rs 2 lakh crore.

Under NFSA, the government currently provides 5 kilogram of food grains per person per month at Rs 2-3 per kg. The families covered under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) get 35 kg of food grains per month. Rice is given to poor persons under NFSA at Rs 3 per kg and wheat at Rs 2 per kg.

Food Minister Piyush Goyal said the Centre will bear the entire burden of providing free food grains under NFSA. The annual cost to the exchequer is estimated at Rs 2 lakh crore.

Free ration scheme under PMGKAY will not be extended

Meanwhile, the government decided not to extend the free ration scheme Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), which ends on December 31.

Under PMGKAY, five kilogram of food grains per person per month is provided free to 81.35 crore beneficiaries covered under NFSA.
This is over and above the monthly distribution of highly subsidised food grains under NFSA.

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