Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) pivotal in providing relief to needy in Assam
Guwahati: Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in India at the beginning of March, sources of income among the working poor population and basically living in vast rural areas of the country have dried causing an exodus among them. To overcome and provide relief to these sections of the society, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana has also been playing a significant role, stated a press release
As per Ministry of Finance press release, so far 40.03 Lakh MT of foodgrains has been lifted by 36 States/UTs out of 40 Lakh MT for April. 19.63 lakh MT has been distributed by 31 States/UT to 39.27crore beneficiaries covered by 1.19 crore ration cards as April 2020 entitlements. 1,09,227 MT of pulses have also been dispatched to various states/UTs.
Like many beneficiaries across the country benefited under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana, here in Assam too a great number of people like Aarti Bhor from Hailakandi, Bhanu Nath and Polen Patowary from Rangia, Abdul Aziz and Anwara Begum from Dibrugarh, Pori Bora from Jorhat, Debananda Das from Bhakatpara in Barpeta, to name a few have expressed their gratitude towards the Government for providing this assistance in the hour of need.
The steps taken by the Central Government have been providing a great relief to economically downtrodden sections of society at this time of crisis. DV Prasad, Chairman of Food Corporation of India (FCI), in an interview to a newspaper reassured that “There is absolutely no need to worry as far as the availability of wheat and rice is concerned in any part of the country”.