India extends free grain supply for poor Indians to end of November⁠— at an additional cost of ₹90,000 crore

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  • “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till the end of November,” Modi said in his address.
  • 800 million families will get 5 kg of rice/wheat for free until the end of November.
  • Every family will get 1 kg of chana every month.
  • These are the top highlights from his speech.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that 8 million poor Indian families will continue to receive foodgrains free of cost until the end of November.

“During the monsoons, in India, most of the work happens in the agriculture sector. Other sectors there is a little bit of sluggishness. From July onwards, the festive mood will set in. Keep that in mind, it has been decided that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till the end of November,” Modi said in his special address on June 30.

On May 14, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that poor people will be given free rice or wheat for 2 months until the lockdown ends. The scheme had an outlay of ₹3,500 crore. Migrants who didn’t have either the National Food Security Act card or any state card will get 5 kilograms of grains per person and 1 kilogram of chana per family per month for two months.
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This will now be extended till the end of November at an additional cost of ₹90,000 crore to the exchequer.
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