Naveen Writes to PM Modi, Seeks Continuation of PMGKAY Beyond Nov 30

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking continuation of ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana’ (PMGKAY) beyond 30th November 2021.

The Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister to consider extension of additional allocation of rice at least for the next eight months under PMGKAY for distribution among the beneficiaries under NFSA till the pandemic situation improves and complete normalcy is restored in the State.

Provision of foodgrains free of cost to people at this critical juncture ensured that not a single needy and vulnerable person was deprived of foodgrains during the pandemic.

Odisha has prioritized distribution of seven months’ quota of PMGKAY-III foodgrains to the NFSA beneficiaries and completed it by 5th of November 2021. Similar facility was also extended to all the beneficiaries of the State covered under its own Food Security Scheme, the CM mentioned in the letter.

Naveen said, “The effect of COVID-19 has not waned away yet completely despite a fast-paced vaccination drive undertaken across the State as cases of new infection continue to surface. Also, other economic activities are yet to reach the pre-pandemic level as a result of which people still struggle to lead a normal life with sustainable means of livelihood”.

Under the prevailing situations, it is felt highly necessary that the Government must provide relief to the vulnerable during these critical hours. A serious cause of concern in this ongoing pandemic scenario is the challenge of food security to the needy and vulnerable, the CM added.

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