Big decision of Modi government in election season, approval given on extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana

PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana: The Modi government has taken a big decision before the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2024 and the last round of assembly elections in five states in Telangana on 30 November 2023. The Modi government has given its approval to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, which provides free food grains to more than 80 crore people of the country, for five years. In the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi late evening on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, approval was given to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for 5 years.

PM Modi had already given indications

While addressing a rally in Durg for the assembly elections in Chhattisgarh on November 4, 2023, Prime Minister Modi had indicated that the Central Government will extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, which provides free ration to 80 crore people, for 5 years. It is believed that due to this decision of the cabinet, the ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party can get electoral advantage in the elections to be held in Telangana. So, in the general elections to be held in 2024 i.e. Lok Sabha elections, the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana can again help the Modi government in getting power at the Center for the third consecutive time.

Cost of the scheme Rs 2 lakh crore annually

The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, with an annual budget of Rs 2 lakh crore, is expiring on 31 December 2023. Earlier, the scheme was started in a new form from January 1, 2023, under which the new Integrated Food Security Scheme was rolled out from January 1, 2023 to provide free grains to Antyodaya Anna Yojana and Primary Household beneficiaries. Later the government said that this scheme has also been named Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY). Under this scheme, free grains are to be given till 31 December 2023. But in view of the Lok Sabha elections, the Modi government has decided to extend the scheme for five years.

Scheme launched during Corona

In the year 2020, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was launched during the lockdown in the first phase of Corona epidemic. Later, even after the pandemic was over, the scheme was extended for electoral benefits. Out of the 10 assembly elections held in 7 states, the ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party has got the electoral benefit of this scheme. At present, assembly elections are going on in five states, in which voting has taken place in four and voting is going to take place in one state on November 30.

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