80 crore people to get free food grains till November end, says PM Modi

June 30, 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation today announced the extension of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November end, helping over 80 crore people to avail 5 kg

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June 30, 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation today announced the extension of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November end, to help over 80 crore people by providing 5 kg free food grains during the festival season as the country fights coronavirus.

"Keeping in mind all the festivals that are coming up in the next few months, this scheme to provide 80 crore people with 5 kg free ration and 1 kg dal per month will now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja, or till the end of November," PM Modi said, addressing the nation for the sixth time after the coronavirus outbreak.

The government plans to spend Rs 90,000 crore on expanding the free ration scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana, till November.

The Prime Minister also talked about the "One Nation, One Ration Card" scheme which he said would benefit thousands of migrant workers and their families who had no fixed home or income.

He credited farmers and taxpayers with bolstering India's fight against the deadly virus that has infected 5.6 lakh people in the country.

The PM made no mention of China in the 17-minute speech, his first address to the nation since the June 14 clash in Ladakh in which 20 soldiers were killed in the line of duty.

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