Estimated Rs 1,48,938 crore of food grains and pulses will be distributed from April to November 2020

The Department of Food and Public Distribution has estimated that food grains (Rice and Wheat) and pulses worth Rs 1,48,938 crore will be distributed under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana in the period between 8 months from April to November 2020.

Breakdown of the Estimation

The estimations were made based on Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) for the previous three months April to June 2020 of the scheme. Under the Yojana, 5 Kg of Rice/Wheat is provided for free to each member of the beneficiary family per month, also 1 Kg of pulses is provided to each beneficiary family per month.

Estimations made suggests that a total of 32 million tonnes of foodgrains worth Rs 1,22,829 crores will be provided from April to November 2020. An estimate of approx Rs 11,800 crore of Pulses will be distributed in total during the April to November 2020 period.

Apart from the above costs, Rs 3109.52 crores for distribution of foodgrains to migrant labourers in the months of April and May 2020 and Rs 11,200 crore for Central Issue Price under the National Food Security Act from April to November 2020 was been included in the estimation.

Extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

Extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann  Yojana was announced on 30th June 2020 while addressing the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Yojana that commenced in the month of April 2020 has provided free ration to more than 80 crore people across the country in the last 3 months.  The Prime Minister announced the extension for a period of another 5 months until November 2020.

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