Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana To Provide Free Rations During Coronavirus Lockdown Extended, What Does It Mean For People On The Ground?
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- NDTV entered out to fair charge shop (FSP) landlord and beneficiaries in the states of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar, Maharashtra, West Bengal (WB), Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu to determine about the on-ground execution of this scheme.
- Also Read: Opinion: nurturing The Undernourished In separation During COVID-19 Times paucity Of Access To Food To Non-Beneficiaries Under NFSA Renti Ben, a 63-year-old widow from a matrilineal community lives in Kansatiya village, Devgadh Baria block of Dahod district in Gujarat.
- Renti Ben has been strivinging to get herself registered under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) which is portion of NFSA that aims to reduce hunger among the needy families by providing thirty-five kg of foodgrains per home per month.
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On June 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared the expansion of the PMGKAY till the end of November to provide loose ration to the poor ration cardholders to help them cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, while many have benefitted there are few glitches that need ironing out significance PMGKAY serves five kg rice/wheat and one kg gram every month to the unlucky PMGKAY serves five kg rice/wheat and one kg gram every month to the weak Over eighty crore beneficiaries under racial Food Security Act fing benefit Over eighty crore beneficiaries under National Food Security Act will benefit Currently, there is no food security for ten crore people exclude from NFSA New Delhi: In the month of April Pankaj Prasad, a vegetable vendor in Hapur district, Uttar Pradesh, was under a lot of distress as his proper income ceased overdue to the coronavirus lockdown. Further, his two brothers, who were among the thousands of migrant workers expeled by the lockdown, returned from Delhi during the month of April also joined Pankaj’s family of seven members, with two children and five adults. With no job and more mouths to feed, access to food to ward off hunger was the main concern of the family. In a tell speech on June 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) by five months till November end, initially the scheme was meant to be for three months- April, May and June. Under the plan broadcast on March twenty-six precisely to help families like Pankaj’s, over eighty crore beneficiaries under the ethnic Food Security Act (NFSA), are provided an additional ration of five kg of wheat or rice per person and one kg of pulses per household every month for free of cost. This is over and above their periodic consent under the legal Distribution System (PDS) which includes thirty-five kg of foodgrains per month to households single under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and five kg of foodgrains per applicant per month to Priority Households (PHH) recipient at a subsidised cost of Rs. two per kg of wheat and Rs. three per kg of rice. During the last three months, several states provided the entire quota of ration for free of cost to the NFSA beneficiaries along with the additional free ration under PMGKAY. NDTV entered out to fair charge shop (FSP) landlord and beneficiaries in the states of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar, Maharashtra, West Bengal (WB), Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu to determine about the on-ground execution of this scheme. dominance of the respondents relate to pastoral areas and depend on agriculture and allied sectors for their livelihood. It was found that while beneficiaries under NFSA welcome the extension of PMGKAY, the scheme is facing a few glitches on the ground. Also Read: Three More circumstances regulated Into ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ system, Experts Call For Increasing Access To strong Technology In Rural Areas Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) useful For People In the pastoral Areas Who Are Ration Cardholders PMGKAY has been able to give help to the poor especially those who lost livelihood during the lockdown. It has also served remedy to those families in provincial areas that have one or more migrant returnees as Pankaj says, It is definitely helping. We have been accepting foodgrains every month. I take 3.5 kgs of wheat and 1.5 kgs of rice twice in a month. We have been able to manage without much trouble even though we have more family members in the house as my brothers who worked as masons in Delhi have also joined us temporarily. Pankaj explains that there are currently seven body in his family of which the names of six are included in ration card and so his family is free for thirty kgs of extra ration which is sufficient for them for one month. Because of some issues in the Aadhaar Card of one his brothers, his name has not been included in the family ration card yet. Anurag Ramasamy, a 35-year-old migrant labourer who recovered from Mumbai to his wild village, Keelakondur in Tirukkoyilur Block of Viluppuram district in Tamil Nadu has also availed free ration under PMGKAY. Anurag who taken to job in a restaurant in Mumbai returned home in ‘Shramik specific train’ that was operated by the railways to transport stranded migrant workers to their home states. He said, I have two children, a friend in my family and my parents also live with us. My home and my parents have particular ration cards. I have always attempted to keep myself wary of country schemes and even help others in accessing these schemes. Initially we facinged cessation in receiving the spare quota of free ration but in the month of June we faced no problem. We receive about 20 kgs of ration from the state government and about 30 kgs from the central government under the PMGKAY. Radha Ben, grandmother of two children in a village in Devgadh Baria block Dahod district, Gujarat, has accepted a relief package of five kg foodgrain per mind in the family and one kg pulses for free, besides her proper quota of ration of twenty-five kg ration. She said,I was delighted to know that the scheme has been extended because my husband who worked in a roadside Dhaba lost his job because of COVID-19. Receiving monthly entitlement of foodgrain has provided us with some relief. Rewati Meena, a superficial farmer in Block Bhim of Rajasamand District of Rajasthan explained that she has been receiving the ration under PMGKAY on time every month and has also received Rs. 1,000 one-time ex gatria under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana that was submitted in her Jan Dhan bank account. Rewati who is a receiver under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has also accepted one open gas cylinder after the lockdown was imposed. While publicizing the COVID-19 remedy package March 26, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharmanan said that BPL (Below Poverty Line) families will get free cylinders for three months under the Ujjawala scheme. Also Read: Opinion: nurturing The Undernourished In separation During COVID-19 Times paucity Of Access To Food To Non-Beneficiaries Under NFSA Renti Ben, a 63-year-old widow from a matrilineal community lives in Kansatiya village, Devgadh Baria block of Dahod district in Gujarat. Her friend perished latest year and her daughter and son-in-law died two years ago. Now she and her 5-year-old grandson are lonely and are trying to survive. Renti Ben has been strivinging to get herself registered under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) which is portion of NFSA that aims to reduce hunger among the needy families by providing thirty-five kg of foodgrains per home per month. However, because of some result in her Aadhaar card, she is invalid to get AAY ration card and thus she has no access to food security. She is currently occupying on the kindness of her neighbours and the ration shop dealer who sometimes provides her with some ration free-of-cost.
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