Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the Nation on Monday announced the extension of the free ration scheme for 80 crore people till the festive season of Diwali.
Last year when the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed in India, the Government had provided a free ration to 80 crore beneficiaries for 8 months under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana.
As several states reimpose lockdown due to the second wave of the pandemic this year, the Government re-introduced the ration scheme in the month of May and June.
Now, the Centre has decided to further extend the scheme till Deepawali, said PM Modi.
Till November, more than 80 crore countrymen will get free food grains and no poor should sleep hungry, he added.
The Centre has been distributing monthly 5 kilograms of foodgrains per person at Rs 1-3 per kg via ration shops to over 80 crore beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).