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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday prolonged the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) for one more 5 months till the tip of November to assist the poor in view of the upcoming festivals like Diwali and Chhath.

The Prime Minister made the announcement in his sixth handle to the nation in 4 months for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic broke out and began getting out of hand.

“Keeping needs of expenses of people, it has been decided that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana should now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja. The scheme will be extended till the end of November,” the Prime Minister mentioned throughout his 16-minute handle.

Modi mentioned that greater than Rs 90,000 crore might be spent within the enlargement of the scheme and round 80 crore folks throughout the nation might be offered free ration — 5 kg wheat or 5 kg rice.

The Prime Minister additionally mentioned that each household will even be offered 1 kg gram (chana) below the scheme each month.

Explaining the bills, the Prime Minister mentioned it involves nearly one and a half lakh crore if the bills of the final three months are added to it. Though the nation is presently in ‘Unlock 2’ mode to assist revive the stagnant financial system, the Prime Minister requested folks to maintain precautions and comply with the rules.

The Prime Minister addressed the nation for the second time within the span of three days because the nation headed in direction of a scarier and worse state of coronavirus outbreak pushing the full tally of Covid-19 circumstances to five,66,840, with the variety of fatalities inching nearer to 17,000-mark.

On a mean, there are round 18,000-20,000 Covid-19 circumstances reported each day and whereas the central authorities could be getting ready to arising with a vaccine quickly, the fear continues to be imminent given the expanse of the nation and its demographic divide.