The Free Foodgrain Scheme has been extended by a year, was scheduled to end this month

    The Free Foodgrain Scheme

    The Union Cabinet decides to merge the Covid scheme with the National Food Security Act (The Free Foodgrain Scheme) until December 2023, Piyush Goyal declares

    At least until December next year, the union government will provide free rations to those covered by the National Food Security Act.

    In essence, the decision is to subsume under the Act the current free-ration scheme – Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana – which was launched in 2020 after Covid affected livelihoods. It covers about 80 crore people.

    …The Free Foodgrain Scheme

    Minister Piyush Goyal announced the decision after a Cabinet meeting under PM Narendra Modi, saying that the Yojana had been in effect for 28 months.

    …The Free Foodgrain Scheme

    For one year, the move will cost the government 2 lakh crores.

    In accordance with the National Food Security Act, rice is available for $3 a kg and wheat for $2, among other rations.

    According to Mr Goyal, the Cabinet has decided to merge the scheme with the National Food Security Act until December 2023.

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