Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday prolonged Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) for an additional 5 months until the top of November to assist the poor in view of the upcoming festivals like Diwali and Chhath.

The Prime Minister made the announcement in his sixth handle to the nation in 4 months for the reason that novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic broke out and began getting out of hand.

“Friends, in our country, there are many activities in agriculture during and after rainy season. Other sectors do not have much activity. July also marks beginning of the festive season.  July 5 is Guru Purnima, then month of Saawan is starting. Then August 15 is coming, Raksha Bandhan, Sri Krishna Janmashtami,Ganesh Chaturthi, Onam will follow. Further, Kati Bihu, Navratri, Durga Puja is coming, then Dushera, Diwali and Chhath. This festive season increases necessities as well as expenditure. Keeping all these things in mind, it has been decided to extend Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana up to Diwali and Chhath Puja, till November-end,” stated Modi throughout his 16-minute handle.

Modi stated that greater than Rs 90,000 crore will probably be spent within the growth of the scheme and round 80 crore individuals throughout the nation will probably be supplied free ration – 5 kg wheat or 5 kg rice.

The Prime Minister additionally stated that each household can even be supplied 1 kg gram (chana) beneath the scheme each month.

Explaining the bills, the Prime Minister stated it involves virtually one and a half lakh crore if the bills of the final three months are added to it. Though the nation is at present in ‘Unlock 2’ mode to assist revive the stagnant economic system, the Prime Minister requested individuals to maintain precautions and observe the rules.

“Today, if the government is able to provide free ration to the needy and poor, then credit for it goes to two categories. One – hard working farmers of our country. Second – honest taxpayers of our country. It is your hard work and dedication, due to which the nation is able to do it. You have filled the stocks of the nation, therefore, there is food in kitchen of poor, workers.You paid the tax honestly, you fulfilled your duty. That is why, the poor of the country is successfully coping with such a big crisis. On behalf of all the poor of the country, I express my heartfelt gratitude to all the taxpayers and farmers, and also salute them,” stated the PM.

The Prime Minister addressed the nation for the second time within the span of three days because the nation headed in direction of a scarier and worse state of coronavirus outbreak pushing the full tally of Covid-19 instances to five,66,840, with the variety of fatalities inching nearer to 17,000-mark.

On a median, there are round 18,000-20,000 Covid-19 instances reported each day and whereas the central authorities may be getting ready to arising with a vaccine quickly, the concern remains to be imminent given the expanse of the nation and its demographic divide.

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