Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to start once more.
Last year, the finance minister announced a Rs 1.70 lakh crore relief package for the poor under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to help them battle the CoronaVirus.
These measures were designed to reach out to the poorest of the poor, providing them with food and resources so that they would not have trouble purchasing necessary goods and fulfilling their basic needs.
PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) was extended until November 2020 to provide relief to the poor and vulnerable during the Covid-19 crisis. Women from 83 million families living below the poverty line (BPL) were given free cooking gas cylinders for three months as part of the program.
Recipients authorized under the National Food Security Act received an additional 5 kg wheat and rice, as well as 1 kg pulses, per month under the scheme (NFSA).
Under the open market sale system, the Centre sells food grains at reduced prices to states and welfare organizations, according to the food secretary (OMSS).
Due to a dramatic increase in cases in the second wave of the pandemic, some states have imposed partial lockdowns and curfews, reinforcing the need for state governments to provide food security to the poor.
While no decision has been made, the central government's thinking on the current situation is liberal.
According to official statistics, the PMGKAY issued over 200 lakh tonnes of free food grains last year, resulting in a financial outlay of over Rs 75,000 crore and covering 80.96 crore NFSA beneficiaries.