PM Has Ensured No One Will Sleep Hungry In India: Prakash Javadekar

In a televised address to the nation, PM Modi announced extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, a free ration scheme, for 80 crore people across the country till end of November.

PM Has Ensured No One Will Sleep Hungry In India: Prakash Javadekar

Minister Prakash Javadekar says no other country has a food security scheme like India. (File)

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ensured no one sleeps hungry in the country, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said today, hailing the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY).

In a televised address to the nation, PM Modi announced extension of the PMGKAY, a free ration scheme, for 80 crore people across the country till end of November.

Under the scheme, five kg of wheat or rice and one kg of pulses per month will be given free of cost to the poor. The scheme was initially rolled out for three months.

"Eighty crore people which means 16 crore families will get 25 kg food grains free in next five months, five kg chana dal free in five months," Mr Javadekar said.

"No other country in the world has such a food security scheme. This will take care of food for everybody," he said.

This will ensure no one sleeps hungry in the country, the minister said and added that the prime minister should be congratulated for this. On the extension of the PMGKAY, PM Modi said it will cost the government Rs 90,000 crore more.