Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country just before the second phase of the unlock. He has announced to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November. Ninety thousand crore rupees will be spent separately due to extending the date of the food scheme.

PM Modi said that with the budget for the first three months (the announcement made on March 26, in which the ration was promised for three months), it becomes about 1.5 lakh crore rupees. Under this, five kilograms of wheat or rice will be available to more than 80 crore people monthly. Together a family will get one kilo of a gram.

PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana 2023 - Free Food Grains to NFSA Beneficiaries

The lockdown was announced on March 25. The next day on March 26, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Prime Minister’s Poor Welfare Package (PMGKP) worth Rs 1.70 lakh crore. This included providing free food grains to people experiencing poverty for three months and cash assistance to women, older people, farmers, and others.

The PM appealed to the states to move towards One Nation One Ration Card. He said that the biggest beneficiaries of this will be those workers who leave their city and come to another town searching for employment.

At present, they do not get the benefit of cheap ration. Once the One Nation One Ration Card is introduced, they can use it anywhere.


PM Modi called honest taxpayers and farmers particularly active. He said taxpayers’ money was filled with treasury, and farmers grew grains. It is because of his help that the government can implement all the schemes. There is nothing the government can do without their cooperation.