PM Modi extends Garib Kalyan Yojana till Nov 2020; to spend additional over Rs90,000cr

Under the scheme, Modi added that every Indian family member will be allowed to avail 5 kilograms of either wheat or rice.

Jun 30, 2020 04:06 IST India Infoline News Service

While addressing the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the deadline for availing benefits under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana scheme (PMGKY). PM extended the scheme's deadline for another five months, by saying, "80cr people will continue to get free foodgrain till November-end."

Under the scheme, Modi added that every Indian family member will be allowed to avail 5 kilograms of either wheat or rice, while they can get 1-kilogram chickpeas every month.

Further, he added that the "government will spend more than Rs90,000cr on expanding the scheme. This takes the total cost incurred by the government under PMGKY at Rs1.5 lakh cr".

Earlier, the deadline was set this month for the scheme.

Apart from this, Modi said that fatalities in India are still stable compared to other countries, due to the timely lockdown measures which helped save millions of Indian lives. However, he also points out that, since the government started unlocking the economy, there has been increasing negligence among people.

He has asked citizens to follow social distancing norms seriously while guiding the local authorities to be strict in enforcing rules and precautionary measures.

Ahead of the PM Modi speech, the Sensex ended at 34,915.80, down by 45.72 points or 0.13%, while the Nifty 50 finished at 10,302.10 ,down 10.30 points or 0.10%.

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