Lucknow, August 04: The Central and State governments are standing with every section of the state including the needy and poor in the global pandemic of Corona by providing free facilities from treatment to ration.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), the government is going to register another record by giving free ration to 80 lakh people from 80 thousand ration shops in the state on Thursday i.e. on August 5. For this, extensive preparations have been made.
A spokesperson of the state government said here on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would also interact directly with the beneficiaries of PMGKAY on this occasion.
During this, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will distribute food grains to the poor and needy in Ayodhya. Also, he will virtually join the program of the Prime Minister.
It is worth noting that in the first wave of Corona, due to lockdown and other reasons, the person standing on the last rung in the society does not have to sleep hungry, for this, Prime Minister Modi had announced to give free ration in March last year under the PMGKAY.
Under this, the Central Government for 11 months and the state government for five months has given more than 10 crore quintals of free ration to the people. Due to this, about 15 crore people of the state have got free ration every month.
Subsidized savings of more than 3263 crores till May
The spokesman said that in the previous governments, black marketing of ration and protests and demonstrations regarding corruption had become common, but in order to make the ration distribution system tight, ration distribution was started by the state government through e-pass machines. As a result, the state government has saved subsidy of more than 3263 crores till May.
Benefit of ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ is being available in other states also
According to an official spokesperson, five kg of wheat, rice and gram are being given free of cost per unit by the government, but more will be given by November. Not only this, under the ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme 43,572 cardholders have taken ration in other states and 6616 cardholders from other states have taken ration in the state. Along with this, more than 8137 helpless people in the state have been given ration at their homes.
Free ration will be available in the bag
On Thursday, following the Covid protocol, at least 100 beneficiaries will be given free ration at every government ration shop in the state, including some beneficiaries who will be given ration for the first time under the PMGKAY. Bags have been sent to the districts by the Information and Public Relations Department, in which ration will be given.
So far 77 lakh metric tonnes of ration has been given free
According to the spokesperson, under the PMGKAY, five kg free ration per unit and one kg free gram per card were distributed to all Antyodaya and eligible household card holders from April to November last year. A total of 56.21 lakh metric tonnes of ration and 2, 69,529 metric tonnes of gram have been given free of cost during this period. Free ration is being given from May to November this year. So far 21.14 lakh metric tonnes of ration has been given.
Migrant labourers also got free ration
He said that while generating temporary ration card numbers to migrant labourers under the self-reliant India scheme, from May to August last year, 11,888.657 metric tonnes of free ration per unit of five kg and 1060.497 metric tonnes of free gram per one kg per card.