CM requests for extension of PMGKAY for 3 months till Sept 2020

*CM Baghel writes letter to PM Narendra Modi Modi * Besides National Food Security Act, 14.10 lakh ration card holding families identified by the state should also be benefitted under the scheme, requested Chief Minister

Raipur, Jun 25:
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting extension of ‘Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojana’ (PMGKAY) for next three months till September 2020. He stated that in the adverse circumstances due to corona crisis, Central Government’s PMGKAY has helped in ensuring availability of foodgrains in the country. In Chhattisgarh, besides the 51.50 lakh ration card beneficiary families identified under National Food Security Act and Universal PDS, State Government is providing food security to 14.10 lakh additional ration card holding families under its various schemes. These 14.10 lakh ration card holding beneficiary families identified by the state should also be benefitted under PMGKAY.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel stated in the letter that lockdown is being gradually lifted and economic activities are being carefully resumed, but return to normalcy may take more time. Presently, the situation is extremely difficult for farmers, agro-labourers, construction workers, industrial workers and poor-middle class employees as well as for the most of common people. Baghel requested Modi in the letter that keeping in view the present scenario, Central Government’s (PMGKAY) should be extended for next three months till September 2020, to bring relief to the crisis-affected families. Also the 14.10 ration card beneficiary families identified by the state besides those under National Food Security Act should also be included under PMGKAY to ensure food security. Free distribution of food grains will not only relieve the people in need from concerns of food security but will also give a positive message to common people. Chief Minister expressed hope that his request would be considered and a positive decision will be taken in interest of the state.

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