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PM Modi announces extension of free food grains scheme for poor till November

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended throughout India till November. Addressing the nation in a televised address, PM Modi said with this step, the government will be providing free ration to nearly 80 crore people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the extension of the scheme will incur an expenditure of Rs 90,000 crore. Overall, the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana will cost nearly 1.5 lakh crore, he said.

Stressing on the upcoming festive season, PM Modi said this is a time when needs and expenses of families increase.

“Keeping this in mind, the government has decided that the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till Diwali and Chhatth Pooja, i.e. till November.”

This apart, the PM Modi also pointed out that it has been observed that ever since the ‘Unlock 1’ phase started, many people have become careless in their daily life and not following the principles of mask and social distancing to safeguard themselves from the virus.

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He requested people to be extra careful as the government is providing relaxations for opening up of businesses and the revival of the economy. He urged the citizens to always wear a mask while stepping out of home and maintain social distancing.

India reports 18,522 COVID-19 cases, 418 deaths in 24 hours