The Congress on Tuesday sought to take credit score for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to extend the free ration scheme for 80 crore individuals until November-end.
Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate stated the announcement got here in response to Sonia Gandhi’s letter to Modi on June 22 wherein she had requested him to offer free meals grains to the poor for 3 extra months from July in view of the prevailing Covid-19 state of affairs throughout the nation.
“You will need to do not forget that this extension of the scheme was prompt a number of instances by the Congress president in her letter to the Prime Minister,” Shrinate stated, addressing a digital information convention.
In her letter to the Prime Minister on June 22, Gandhi had additionally stated that tens of millions of Indians are susceptible to slipping into poverty because of the strict nationwide lockdown for the previous three months.
Gandhi had recalled that the availability for provide of 5 kg free meals grains per particular person each month to Antyodaya Anna Yojana and precedence households underneath the Nationwide Meals Safety Act from April-June along with common entitlements was introduced firstly of the lockdown.
The federal government had additionally introduced free meals grains of 5kg per particular person each month for migrants not coated underneath any central or state public distribution system (PDS) scheme for Could and June.
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had in Could introduced offering 800,000 tonne of emergency ration for migrants underneath the union authorities’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat programme for distribution throughout Could and June.
“The union authorities should contemplate extending the availability totally free meals grains for an additional interval of three months i.e. from July-September 2020. A number of states have requested for a similar,” Gandhi had stated.
“Almost three months because the nation went right into a strict lockdown, tens of millions of Indians are susceptible to slipping into poverty. The opposed influence on livelihoods has led to power meals insecurity for each our city and rural poor. In gentle of the present state of affairs, meals entitlements have to be expanded to handle the starvation disaster going through among the most weak individuals within the nation,” she wrote within the letter.
Following Gandhi’s request, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the get together’s highest decision-making physique, in its assembly on June 23 had referred to as upon the central authorities to increase the scheme of offering free meals grains until September.
“The CWC additionally requests that the particular provision for 5kg further meals grain per particular person monthly for migrants not entitled to meals grains underneath every other central or state scheme be prolonged until September as nicely,” stated a decision adopted on the assembly.
Each Gandhi and the CWC had additionally urged the federal government that momentary ration playing cards could also be supplied to all these presently not falling in any beneficiary lists in order that the widest attainable base for these entitlements could be focused.
In a televised deal with to the nation, Modi introduced extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), a free ration scheme, for 80 crore individuals throughout the nation until finish of November, costing the exchequer Rs 90,000 crore extra.
Beneath the scheme, initially rolled out for 3 months, 5 kg of wheat or rice and one kg of pulses monthly was to be given freed from price to the poor.
The PM additionally stated the federal government was engaged on a “one nation, one ration card” initiative.