Throughout a nationwide broadcast, Modi mentioned the five-month extension will value round Rs 90,000 crore, taking the general value to Rs 1.5 lakh crore. Poor households are entitled to five kg grains each month beneath the Nationwide Meals Safety Programme and the federal government is topping up the entitlement with an identical amount, with pulses thrown in, at no cost. The opposite parts of the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, nevertheless, ended on Tuesday.
The choice was additionally seen as an early begin to the marketing campaign for Bihar elections due later this yr, a state which has a lot of migrant employees who could be beneficiaries. The politically aggressive ingredient was obvious with West Bengal — due for polls in early 2021 and the place BJP has emerged challenger — asserting that free foodgrains might be continued until June subsequent yr.
The announcement was seen geared toward strengthening BJP’s grip over a key vote-bank forward of the essential state elections by tapping into the huge pile of wheat and rice with the Meals Company of India — estimated at 98 million tonnes, greater than twice the prescribed stage. Whereas it has 83 million tonnes of grains, one other 15 million tonnes of paddy is with millers which can come again within the type of rice. In his remarks on the pageant season, whereas emphasising the necessity for social distancing, Modi made it a degree to say Chhath, a preferred spiritual occasion in Bihar.
“At this time, if the federal government is ready to present free ration to the needy and poor, then credit score for it goes to 2 classes. One — laborious working farmers of our nation. Second, trustworthy taxpayers of our nation. It’s your laborious work and dedication, attributable to which the nation is ready to do it. You will have crammed the shares of the nation, due to this fact, there’s meals within the kitchen of poor and employees. You paid the tax truthfully, you fulfilled your responsibility. That’s the reason the poor of the nation is efficiently dealing with such an enormous disaster,” Modi mentioned.
On Could 25, TOI was the primary to report a couple of doable extension of the scheme beneath the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana. On June 18, TOI reported that not less than 10 CMs had approached the Centre, recommending an extension amid report procurement of wheat.