Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana Current Affairs - 2020

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.

9 Crore 60 lakh Farmers Benefitted under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana

On May 27, 2020, the Government of India announced that around 9 crore 60 lakh farmers were benefitted under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. This was mainly done through the PM-KISAN Scheme

Highlights

During lock down, around 9.67 crore farmers were benefitted through Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. This was done through the funds allocated under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. Since the lock down, that is in the months of April and May, 2020 around 19,000 crores of rupees were released. The amounts under the scheme has been transferred to the accounts of the farmers directly.

The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana aimed to ease the life of the people during lock down.

PM-KISAN Scheme

The PM-KISAN scheme was launched in 2019. The estimated cost of the scheme was around Rs 75,000 crores. Under the scheme Rs 6000 was deposited to the accounts of eligible farmers in three installments annually.

The scheme targeted the small and marginal farmers. It aimed to save these farmers from falling into the hands of moneylenders.