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INDIA conducts mankind's biggest ever Free Ration distribution scheme during COVID.

Article by NRI Herald Australia 7th Jan 2022

India's biggest free ration scheme


  • The scheme was initiated in the wake of the nationwide lockdowns last year in 2020.

  • The govt provides of 5 kg food grain/Month (wheat or rice) per person free of cost over and above of 5 kg which each person is already entitled for.

  • The scheme covers more than 80 crore ( 800 million) people listed under the NFSA.

  • Last year’s (2020) relief package included one kg of extra pulses a month to ration card-holding poor beneficiary households.

Food is a basic necessity of every human but this COVID pandemic have transformed this need into a gigantic nightmare due to complete lockdown in various nations making impossible for millions of people worldwide making it impossible for them to earn a living, but there is one nation which has handled this assiduous challenge with flying colors and have created mankind's biggest Free Ration distribution scheme ever.

India's Modi government have will continue to provide free cereals to nearly 800 million poor people by extending the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) till March next year

With a cost of nearly ₹260,000 crore ( ₹2.6 trillion- around $34 billion USD), the scheme assures that over 80 crore people have food to cook in their homes.

The PMGKAY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana) was meant to provide higher quantities of food handouts during the pandemic. It was launched in March 2020 for the April-June 2020 period, but was extended until November 30, 2021. This scheme is to distribute free grains per month as a Covid-19 relief measure to two-thirds of India’s population, who were identified as beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act, until March 2022.

“We are running the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to provide free grains to more than 80 crore people of the country, so that they don’t face more problems,” Modi told the media ahead of Parliament’s winter session.

Though politics has taken over this compassionate scheme in NON-BJP ruled states. of the 36 states and Union Territories (UTs) in India, one distributed zero grains (Telangana), 5 Non BJP states (Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu) distributed less than 1% of allocated grains.

Disturbingly, most of these NON-BJP state were shown to have already received their full Quota of grains for distribution but failed to give these out.

“There is only one objective for this scheme that no one should sleep empty stomach in our country. From the regular quota of ₹2/kg wheat and ₹3/kg rice, each beneficiary is getting additional 5 kg wheat and rice, which is nearly double than before,”

said Modi adding that the scheme will continue till Diwali this year.

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