Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) – UPSC Prelims

Ministry/Department :  Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Aim is to ensure sufficient food for the poor and needy during the coronavirus crisis.
Scheme:
  • Features: Under the scheme, about 80 Crore National Food Security Act(NFSA) beneficiaries are eligible for an additional quota of free-of-cost food grains (Rice/Wheat) at a scale of 5 Kg per person per month over and above their regular monthly entitlement.
  • Duration:
    • The scheme was announced in 2020 for three months till July. Later it was extended till November 2020 to combat the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the poor.
    • Scheme is functional once again. Under this phase, around 80 crore beneficiaries would be covered for the months of May and June 2021.
  • All expenses on the extended PMGKAY are to be borne by the Central Government.
  • The new phase of the PMGKAY Scheme does not provide free-of-cost 1 kg pulses per month to each household covered under the NFSA. This one of the important components available in the earlier phase of the program.