In view of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in the country in March 2020 Government of India As per the announcement of PMGKP-Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package for the poor by the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKY) Under this, distribution of ‘extra’ and free rice and wheat was started to around 80 crore National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries in the country.
Its purpose is to prevent unexpected outbreaks of epidemics, lockdown (lockdown) And due to the economic constraints across the country, the poor and needy have to be helped by overcoming the difficulties of food security. Additional food grains are distributed on the basis of 5 kg per person per month, which is in addition to their regular monthly NFSA foodgrains (i.e. the monthly entitlements of the respective NFSA ration card). The objective of this measure is to ensure that no poor, weak or needy beneficiary/his family should suffer due to non-availability of food grains during the economic crisis arising out of the pandemic.
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Through this special food security measure during the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of India has increased the amount of monthly food grains normally distributed to NFSA families under the categories of Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Families (PHH) Act. has almost doubled.
Initially during 2020-21 PM-GKAY scheme was announced for only three months April, May and June 2020 (1st phase).
Later, keeping in view the continuing need to ensure food-security of the poor and needy beneficiaries, the government extended the distribution of free food grains for a further period of five months from July to November 2020 (Phase-II).
However, due to the continuation of the COVID-19 crisis in 2021-22, in April 2021, the government again announced the distribution of free food grains under PM-GKAY for a period of two months in May and June 2021 (Phase III) and then This was further extended for five months from July to November 2021 (Phase-IV). Thereafter, keeping in view the continuing hardship arising out of Kovid-19 in November 2021, it was decided by the Government of India to continue the distribution of free food grains from December 2021 to March 2022 (Phase-V).
The Department of Food and Public Distribution has so far allocated about 759 lakh metric tonnes of food grains to the States/UTs for free distribution of food grains to about 80 crore NFSA beneficiaries under the PM-GKAY scheme (Phase I to V), Which is equivalent to about Rs 2.6 lakh crore in food subsidy. At present, as per the phase wise distribution report available from the States/Union Territories, a total of about 580 lakh metric tonnes of food grains have been distributed to the beneficiaries so far.
how to complain
If you have a ration card and the ration dealer is refusing to give your quota of food under this scheme, then you can make a complaint on the toll-free number. Toll free numbers for each state are available on the National Food Security Portal (NFSA). You can register your complaint by calling on this.
PM-GKAY during 2020-21
April to November 2020- The government says that a total of 321 lakh metric tonnes of food grains were allocated to the States/UTs for the distribution period of 8 months, of which the States/UTs accounted for about 94% of the NFSA population (75 crores) on an average per month across the country. Beneficiary) was informed about the total distribution of 298.8 LMT (about 93%) of food grains.
May and June 2021- According to the government, in the third phase, 79.46 lakh metric tonnes of food grains were allocated for the distribution period of 2 months, out of which the states/UTs provided an average of about 95% NFSA population (75.18 crore beneficiaries) per month. 75.2 LMT (about 94.5%) has been reported for distribution of food grains.
July to November 2021- For the distribution period of 5 months under the fourth phase, the department had allocated an additional 198.78 lakh MT food grains to the States/UTs, out of which the States/UTs reported the distribution of 186.1 LMT (approximately 93.6%) of the food grains. Under this, about 93% of the NFSA population (74.4 crore beneficiaries) was covered on an average per month.
December 2021 to March 2022-Based on the announcement of continuation of PMGKAY till March 2022, the department had released allocation of 163 LMT of food grains to all States/UTs for a distribution period of 4 months. Since, the second month’s distribution has started recently, about 19.76 LMT of food grains have been distributed to the beneficiaries as per the reports received from the States/UTs.
Apart from this, distribution of free food grains is currently in progress under Phase-V. It is estimated that the distribution of food grains in the present phase will also be at the same high level as it was done in the earlier phases.
The department is continuously monitoring the lifting and distribution of food grains by all the States/UTs on a daily basis. So far, the distribution of additional free food grains under PM-GKAY to NFSA beneficiaries in the country has been quite satisfactory.