Free ration: After taking oath, the Yogi government of UP has extended the free ration scheme for three months, giving a gift to 15 crore ration card holders.
Giving information in the press conference, Yogi said that this scheme was started during the Corona period. The purpose of this scheme is to help the poor. About 3270 crores are spent on the free ration scheme. He said that the cabinet has decided that we will continue the scheme even further.
“We have decided to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana from March 31 till June 30. It will benefit 15 crore people of the state,” Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said in Lucknow.
On Saturday, CM Yogi Adityanath said, “This is the first decision of the new cabinet, which will be implemented in a transparent manner.”
“This is a big decision,” Deputy CM KP Maurya told India Today after the cabinet meeting. The other deputy CM, Brajesh Pathak, said, “The government is constantly taking care of the poor. Crores of families will directly benefit.”
The Food and Logistics Department had sent a proposal to the government for the free ration scheme of the UP government. Although there was no mention of the period in the proposal sent, it was left to the government’s intention. In the proposal, there is a mention of giving free ration due to the increase in inflation.
According to sources, there was a churning going on in the government as to how long this scheme should be extended. At the same time, the scheme should not be increased at once and should be extended in two to three phases. In this, in addition to the ration given under the National Food Security Act that is wheat and rice, one liter of oil, one kg of gram salt will also be given.
So far, the state government has given free ration from December to March. In this, 35 kg of food grains are given to Antyodaya card holders and three kg wheat and two kg rice per unit to eligible household card holders. For this, the cardholders are charged Rs 2 per kg for wheat and Rs 3 per kg for rice, but now the state government will bear its cost.