Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana 2023: Application Form, Online Apply, and Benefits.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PM-GKAY) is a part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme aimed at providing free food grains to migrants and the less privileged.

The Indian government unveiled the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), a relief package worth Rs. 1.7 lakh crores to provide assistance to the poor and the most severely affected segments following the lockdown. The aid package encompasses several provisions, including an insurance scheme that grants Rs. 50 lakhs coverage to health workers battling COVID-19.

The package consists of 5kg of wheat or rice and 1kg of preferred pulses each month for three months to 80 crore beneficiaries. Additionally, 20 crore Jan Dhan account holders will receive Rs. 500 every month for the next three months.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana
Scheme NamePradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY)
Launched byHonorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
ObjectiveTo provide subsidy on rations for poor citizens
BeneficiariesEconomically weaker sections of society
BenefitsProvision of free rations to citizens
Application ModeOffline
Scheme Budget1.5 lakh crores

The wage provided under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has been increased to Rs. 202 from Rs. 182, benefiting 13.62 crore families. Rs. 1,000 is to be given to 3 crore poor senior citizens, poor widows, and poor disabled as an ex-gratia transfer.

A cash transfer of Rs. 2,000 will be front-loaded to the first week of April to farmers under the existing Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, benefiting 8.7 crore farmers.

The central government has instructed the state governments to use the Building and Construction Workers Welfare Fund to offer aid to construction laborers. Furthermore, there have been no announcements about the reversal of the current Social Protection Programmes, and therefore the PMGKY seems to be an add-on to the existing provisions.

The central government offers 5kg of free food grains per month to disadvantaged families through this scheme. Moreover, families that are covered under the Public Distribution System (PDS) and benefit from the subsidized (Rs 2-3 per kg) ration provided by the National Food Security Act (NFSA) also receive assistance under the PMGKAY scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana Phase

Scheme PhaseDuration
Phase IApr-Jun 2020
Phase IIJul-Nov 2020
Phase IIIMay-Jun 2021
Phase IVJul-Nov 2021
Phase VDec 2021-Mar 2022

The quantity and type of food grains may vary. In the upcoming sixth phase of the programme, spanning from April to September 2022, the PMGKAY scheme is expected to provide an additional subsidy of Rs.80,000 crore. Besides, eligible ration cardholders or beneficiaries can also access their entitled benefits from across India under the One Nation One Ration Card Scheme.

Eligibility for Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana

  • Families from Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Households (PHH) categories are eligible for the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
  • PHH households will be identified by State Governments/Union Territory Administrations based on criteria they have evolved.
  • AAY families will be identified by States/UTs as per the criteria prescribed by the Central Government, based on the following conditions:
  • Households headed by widows or terminally ill persons or disabled individuals or persons aged 60 years or more with no assured means of subsistence or societal support.
  • Widows or terminally ill persons or disabled persons or persons aged 60 years or more or single women or single men with no family or societal support or assured means of subsistence.
  • All primitive tribal households.
  • Landless agriculture laborers, marginal farmers, rural artisans/craftsmen such as potters, tanners, weavers, blacksmiths, carpenters, slum dwellers, and persons earning their livelihood on a daily basis in the informal sector, e.g., porters, coolies, rickshaw pullers, handcart pullers, fruit and flower sellers, snake charmers, ragpickers, cobblers, destitutes, and other similar categories in both rural and urban areas.
  • All Below Poverty Line families of HIV-positive persons who are eligible for assistance under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP).

Documents Required

  • Ration Card: A Ration Card is a document that serves as evidence of entitlement to obtain food grains and other essential supplies at subsidized prices from Fair Price Shops in India. The ration card may also be used as a proof of identity, proof of address and age, and for obtaining other government-issued documents.
  • Aadhaar Card: it is a unique identification number issued to all Indian residents by the Government of India. It is a 12-digit number that acts as a proof of identity and address. If the Aadhaar Card is linked to the Ration Card, the holder can avail various government benefits and services such as PDS (Public Distribution System), LPG subsidy, bank accounts, and more.

Status Under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana:

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana
  • The central government and various state governments are providing benefits under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana scheme
  • INR 2,000 has already been transferred to farmers’ accounts through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has provided INR 611 to 27.5 lakh MNREGA laborers under the Shram Bhatta Yojana initiative to fight against coronavirus infections
  • All ration card holders in India will receive benefits from the PMGKY scheme
  • 80 crore beneficiaries can avail of ration subsidies
  • People can get wheat and rice at a subsidized rate of INR 3 per kg at ration shops for 2 months
  • Individuals up to 80 kg will receive 7 kg of ration per person for three months
  • 2.65 lakh metric tonnes of food have been distributed to 5.29 crore people
  • The scheme aims to help people from economically weaker sections avoid financial difficulties
  • The amount provided to laborers under the scheme has increased from INR 182 to INR 202.

FAQ’S On Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana

Who is eligible for the scheme under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013?

All eligible ration cardholders or beneficiaries covered under the NFSA, 2013 can avail the benefits of the scheme.

How can I confirm if I am an NFSA beneficiary to avail benefits under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana scheme?

You can confirm if you are an NFSA beneficiary by visiting the website.

What is the process to avail the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana scheme benefits? Is there any specific application process?

To avail the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana scheme benefits, interested individuals must visit their nearest Fair Price Shop with their Ration Card. No specific application process is required.

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