Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana extended by another six months
- The Centre has extended the free foodgrain programme 'PMGKAY' for six months till September this year to provide relief to poor
- Initially in 2020-21, this scheme was announced only for a period of three months of April, May and June 2020 (Phase-I).
- It has been extended several times from then with the recent one until March 2022.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY)
- It was announced as a part of Atmanirbhar Bharat package
- It is a pro-poor package intended to reduce the challenges encountered by the poor as a result of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The immediate goal was to ensure that no poor or vulnerable person or household went hungry.
- It provides 5 kg free wheat/rice per person / month along with 1 kg free whole chana to each family per month.
- Wheat has been allocated to 6 States/UTs, - Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi and Gujarat and rice has been provided to the remaining States/UTs.
- This is over and above the regular monthly entitlements under National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA).
Eligible Beneficiaries for the Scheme
- Families belonging to the Below Poverty Line - Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Households (PHH) categories
- PHH are identified by State Governments/Union Territory Administrations as per criteria evolved by them.
- AAY families to be identified by States/UTs as per the criteria prescribed by the Central Government
- Households headed by widows or terminally ill persons or disabled persons or persons aged 60 years or more with no assured means of subsistence or societal support.
- Widows or terminally ill persons or disabled persons or persons aged 60 years or more or single women or single men with no family or societal support or assured means of subsistence.
- All primitive tribal households.
- Landless agricultural labourers, marginal farmers, rural artisans/craftsmen such as potters, tanners, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters, slum dwellers, and persons earning their livelihood on daily basis in the informal sector like porters, coolies, rickshaw pullers, hand cart pullers, fruit and flower sellers, snake charmers, rag pickers, cobblers, destitutes and other similar categories in both rural and urban areas.
- All eligible Below Poverty Line families of HIV positive persons.