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Cabinet approves extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana upto November this year

 Union Cabinet has given approval for extending Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojana today. Under the scheme5 kilogram of Wheat or Rice will be distributed to every member of the beneficiary family. One kilogram of Chana for each family will be given free for 5 more months benefitting more than 80 crore people in the country.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the extension of the scheme in his address to the nation on 30th of last month. He had said, poor and needy persons will not go hungry in the country and free ration during the rainy and forthcoming festival seasons during the time of current Covid-19 pandemic will be provided to them.
 
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the first phase of the scheme just after the imposition of nationwide lockdown. Under the first phase free food grains was provided for three months from April this year. The second phase which will last for another five months began from 1st July and will last till 30th November.

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