PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana 2021 – Free Ann (Food Grains) to 80 cr Poor People


PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana 2021: The central govt. has mentioned that there is no proposal to extend the scope of PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana 2021 beyond 30 November 2021. Poor families will get free of cost food grains till the specified date under this PM-GKAY nutritional support scheme. However, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has extended this PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till Holi 2022 for providing free food grains to poor people in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, central govt. had revised guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana 2021 which was to run till Nov 2021. In the new form, there was no requirement of ration card or ID to avail food items under this PMGKAY scheme.

PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana 2021 – Complete Details

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) is a scheme as part of Atmanirbhar Bharat to supply free food grains to migrants and poor. During the period May to 4 November 2021, more than 81.35 crore people were provided 5 kg free wheat/rice per person/month along with 1 kg free whole chana to each family per month. Wheat was allocated to 6 States/UTs namely Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi and Gujarat and rice was provided to the remaining States/UTs. This was over and above the regular monthly entitlements under National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA). Now govt. sources mentioned that there is no proposal to further extend the PMGKAY Scheme after 30 Nov 2021.

Benefits of PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana is a food security welfare scheme announced by the Government of India in March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The program is operated by the Department of Food and Public Distribution under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

The scheme aims to feed the poorest citizens of India by providing grain through the Public Distribution System, to all the priority households (ration card holders and those identified by the Antyodaya Anna Yojana scheme). PMGKAY provides 5 kg of rice or wheat (according to regional dietary preferences) per person and 1 kg of dal to each family holding a ration card. The scale of this welfare scheme makes it the largest food security program in the world.

Extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana

The central govt. led by PM Modi on 7 June 2021 has announced that government will provide 5 kg of free food grains to millions of poor covered under the NFSA 2013 for the months of June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct and November under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. This will be “over and above NFSA foodgrains and will be on the same pattern as the earlier Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY)”, it added.

Under this special scheme (PMGKAY), around 80 Crore NFSA beneficiaries covered under both categories of NFSA, namely Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Householders (PHH), will be provided with 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 entitlements under NFSA. Government of India will bear all expenditure on account of food subsidy and central assistance to states/UTs on account of intrastate transportation etc.

Who Can Avail Free Food Grains in PM-GKAY

  • Farmers
  • Women Jan Dhan Account Holders
  • MGNREGA Workers
  • Women SHGs
  • Old Age / Widow / Disabled pensioners
  • Private employees
  • Migrant workers
  • NFSA beneficiaries of both categories – Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Householders (PHH)

PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana 2021 without Ration Card / ID Proof

This new free food distribution scheme will work without any RC or ID necessity to increase its coverage. As announced in the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana Package, govt. will provide food to 80 crore people absolutely free of cost. Each person will get 5 Kg rice / wheat per month. Free Food For All Scheme is a necessity amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak. The free food distribution scheme will ensure adequate food supply to migrant labourers, daily wagers and urban poor who do not have required ration with them.

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As per the recommendations from empowered groups and senior officials of govt., ration card and other ID requirements have been removed. This will enlarge access to food under PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana 2021 which is a flagship scheme of Modi government. Removal of ration card and ID proof requirement during free food distribution is an important step forward. It is necessary because many workers in unorganized sector are still not within the public distribution system (PDS) network.

Moreover, daily wage workers in other states may have left their ration card back at their home for their families to use. They rely on daily earnings to survive and are now quite helpless. So with this step, govt. wants that food items reaches all needy poor people.

PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana Announcement in Earlier PMGKY Package

The step of doing away of ID requirement in PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will ensure that no one goes without food. The central govt. has enough food stocks in the godowns of Food Corporation of India, so this decision has been taken easily. As per the announcement in PMGKY package, the following are the features of this new PM-GKAY scheme:-

  • Around 80 crore people would be benefited.
  • All poor people including daily wagers, migrant labourers, urban poor etc would be provided with free ration.
  • For 6 months of May, June, July, August, September, October and November 2021, each family will get 5 kg wheat / rice (ration) per month absolutely free of cost.
  • The procurement is to be done through nearest public distribution centres or fair price shops.

It is felt that central govt. can push states to do away with paperwork requirements at-least temporarily. However, access to this free food requires showing the relevant ration card at the fair-price shops or public distribution centre stores.

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