About 50.38 Lakh Metric Tonne Foodgrains Distributed Under Phase V Of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana: Govt

by Swarajya Staff - Feb 5, 2022 11:52 AM +05:30 IST
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About 50.38 lakh metric tonne of foodgrains have been distributed under the fifth phase of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana so far, the Parliament was told on Friday (5 February).

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution Ashwini Kumar Choubey said, "As per the reports available from States and UTs, up to 31 January 2022, so far about 50.38 Lakh Metric Ton of foodgrains have been distributed under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) in Phase 5".

Under the PM-GKAY, around 80 Crore beneficiaries in the country covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) are eligible to receive additional free of cost foodgrains at the scale of 5 Kg per person per month over and above their monthly NFSA foodgrains, the minister said.

He further informed that the govt's food and public distribuiton department had allocated a totat of about 759 lakh metric tonnes foodgrains to the states and UTs since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic for the implementation of the phase 1 to 5 of the PM-GKAY scheme.

The foodgrains supplied to the states is worth around Rs 2.6 lakh crore in Food Subsidy, according to the minister.

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