Yogi 2.0 Govt: UP to extend free ration scheme by 3 months
In the first cabinet meeting of the Yogi 2.0 government, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday announced that the state’s popular ‘free-ration scheme’ will be extended for another three months.
The free ration scheme for the economically weaker sections was started during the corona pandemic period. The scheme was supposed to last till November 2021 but the Centre extended Pradhan Mantri Garib Anna Yojana till March 2022.
After the meeting, Yogi said, “Free ration scheme was scheduled to expire in March. Around 15 crore people are benefitting from it in the state. In the cabinet meeting today, we have decided to extend the free ration scheme for the next 3 months. It will benefit 15 crore people of the state.”
Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “The govt will spend Rs.3,270 crore on the extended free ration scheme for the next three months.”
The Uttar Pradesh government gave 5 kg of foodgrains free of cost to the needy which included migrant workers, unorganized workers, construction workers, domestic helpers, and those who do not have ration cards.
Under the leadership of Yogi Adityanath, BJP gained a landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh, creating records and Yogi’s return to power. On Friday, Yogi Adityanath took oath as the chief minister of the state at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow having a crowd of more than 50,000 in attendance.
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