No Proposal to Extend Free Rations Scheme Beyond Nov. 30: Food Secy | The benefit of the free ration scheme will be available only until November 30, there is still no proposal to continue with the scheme.

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There is no proposal to extend the free ration scheme beyond November 30: Secretary of Food

New Delhi: The government has no proposal to extend the distribution of free rations under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) beyond November 30. The Union Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said on Friday that there is no proposal to extend the free distribution of rations through PMGKAY beyond November in view of the recovery of the economy and the good sale of food grains in the open market under OMSS policy.

PMGKAY was announced in March 2020 to address the crisis caused by COVID-19. Initially, the scheme was launched for the period April-June 2020, but then it was extended until November 30 of this year.

“As the economy is recovering and the sale of food grains under our Free Market Sales Program (OMSS) has also been exceptionally good this year,” Pandey told reporters during a press conference. Therefore, there is no proposal to extend PMGKAY ”. Under PMGKAY, the government provides free rations to Rs 80 million ration card holders under the National Food Safety Act (NFSA).

They are given free ration in addition to subsidized food grains through ration shops. The government is supplying rice and wheat to consumers in bulk under the OMSS policy to improve availability and curb prices in the domestic market.

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