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" Free Food Grain For Poor"Government Scheme Extended Till November End: PM Modi
PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till the end of November, extension to cost over Rs 90 thousand crore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
PM Modi Says" Free Food Grain For Poor"Government Scheme Extended Till November End"
New Delhi: PM Modi today said that the key government scheme for free food grains to 80 crore people, India's poorest would be extended to November as the country fights coronavirus.
The government plans to spend Rs 90,000 crore on expanding the free ration scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana till November.
In today's address PM Modi also talked about the "One Nation, One Ration Card" scheme which he said would benefit thousand of migrant workers and their families tode who had no fixed home or income.
"Keeping in mind all the festivals that are coming up in the next few months, this scheme to provide 80 crore people with 5 kg free ration and 1 kg dal per month will now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja, or till the end of November," PM Modi said.
"The reason you all have paid your taxes is the reason that the poor and migrants have food on their plates today. You are the reason India is not going hungry. On behalf of the entire nation, I would like to thank all the farmers and the taxpayers."
Also, PM Modi said that negligence in the social and personal behavior has seen after Unlock 1 came into force was cause for concern at a time.
"Whether the village Pradhan or country's Pradhan Mantri, no one is above rules," he said.
"Earlier, we were careful about masks, do gaj doori (social distancing) and washing our hands. We were very careful. But now, when we need to be more cautious, increasing carelessness is cause for concern. People have to become cautious again, especially in containment zones," PM Modi said.
"We are entering Unlock2. We are also entering a season in which cold, cough, fever increases. I appeal to all of you, please take care of yourself. Please don't be careless."
In the entire 17-minute speech PM made no mention of China, as his first address to the nation since the June 14, clash in Ladakh which took the lives of 20 braveheart soldiers in the line of duty.