Free Ration Scheme: After the Kovid epidemic, the government is giving the benefit of Free Ration Scheme to the poor families. At present, 5 kg free food grains are being given under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana. Now the government has announced to give free food grains to 81.35 crore people for one year from the new year, which will be rolled out from today.
The central government will provide free ration benefits to 81.35 crore people till December 2023 under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) from January 1. The Food Ministry on Saturday said that from January 1 to December 31, 2023, no fee will be charged for the ration to be distributed to all NFSA beneficiaries. For this, the central government will bear food subsidy of more than Rs 2 lakh crore for the year 2023.
What did the central government say
The Food Ministry said in its statement that the new food security scheme of the Center is starting from January 1, 2023. Under this scheme, 81.35 crore people coming under NFSA will be given free food grains till 2023. The government said that this scheme will also ensure effective and uniform working of NFSA.
Till now had to pay so much money
For the ration given by the central government, till now the beneficiaries had to pay Rs 1 to 3. While free ration was also given under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana started in April 2020. Now for one year, these people will not need to pay a single rupee on the ration given by the Central Government.
Who will be given benefits
Ration card holders were given benefits under PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, but it was closed on 31 December 2022. Now under the new scheme, benefits will be given to both NFSA, Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) family and priority household person. About 5 kg per person per month will be allotted for priority household category, while 35 kg per family per month will be given ration for Antyodaya Anna Yojana families provided under NFSA.
Officers will visit ration shops
Officials of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) have been asked to visit three ration shops in their area every day and submit reports, so that it can be implemented properly. In view of the free ration, the ministry has also issued an advisory to the states on the arrangement of providing margin to the dealer distributing ration to the beneficiaries.