PMGKAY (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Government Schemes)

News-CRUX-10     16th November 2023        

Context: Recently, the Government of India has been actively involved in bearing the Food Subsidy for procuring, allocating, transporting, and delivering food grains to the designated depots in the States under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY).

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY)

  • About: It was introduced by the Government of India in March 2020 as a food security welfare initiative amid the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
  • Operated by: Department of Food and Public Distribution 
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
  • Targets: To feed the poorest citizens of India by providing grain through the Public Distribution System.
  • The center provides 5 kg of free food grains per month to the poor.

Significance of the PMGKAY Scheme

  • Hunger Reduction: The initiative aims to alleviate the issue of hunger within the population, particularly during times of distress.
  • Addressing Farm Distress: The procurement of rice and wheat under Minimum Support Price (MSP) will tackle the challenge of declining prices of food grains for farmers.