The Finance Ministry on Tuesday said more than 42 crore people have received Rs 68,820-crore financial assistance under the government's Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKP) to protect poor and vulnerable from the impact of COVID-19 crisis. As part of the Rs 1.70 lakh crore PMGKP, announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26, the government announced free foodgrains and cash payment to women, poor senior citizens and farmers.
The swift implementation of the package is being continuously monitored by central and state governments and around 42 crore poor people received financial assistance of Rs 68,820 crore under the PMGKP, the Finance Ministry said in a statement. As per the latest data, Rs 17,891 crore has gone towards payment of first instalment of PM-KISAN. Under the scheme, 8.94 crore identified beneficiaries got Rs 2,000 directly in their accounts.
It further said that Rs 30,925 crore was credited to 20.6 crore women Jan Dhan account holders in three monthly instalment of Rs 500 each. The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) disbursed about Rs 2,814.5 crore to about 2.81 crore old-age persons, widow and differently-abled persons, the ministry added.
Each beneficiary received an ex-gratia cash of Rs 500 under the scheme in two equal instalments. Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana, 111.6 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of foodgrains have been distributed to about 75 crore beneficiaries during the April-June period.
"Scheme was further extended for 5 months till November. Since then, 98.31 LMT foodgrains has been lifted by states/UTs so far. "In July 36.09 LMT food grains has been distributed to 72.18 crore beneficiaries, in August 30.22 LMT distributed to 60.44 crore beneficiaries, and in September 1.92 LMT distributed to 3.84 crore beneficiaries as on September 7, 2020," it said.
In addition, a total of 5.43 LMT pulses have also been distributed to 18.8 crore beneficiaries during April June period under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana . Under the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan', government announced supply of free food grains and chana to migrants for 2 months, and the estimate of number of migrants provided by the states was about 2.8 crore.
"During the distribution period up to August, total 2.67 LMT of food grains was distributed to 5.32 crore migrants. This works out to an average of about 2.66 crore beneficiaries per month, which is nearly 95 per cent of the estimated number of migrants," the statement said. Besides, it said, 36.05 lakh members of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) have taken benefit of online withdrawal of non-refundable advance from EPFO account amounting to 9,543 crore so far.
Increased rate for workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) has been notified effective April 1, it said. "In the current financial year, 195.21 crore man-days of work generated. Further, Rs 59,618 crore released to states to liquidate pending dues of both wage and material," it said.
Under the District Mineral Fund (DMF), states have been asked to spend 30 per cent of the funds, which amounts to Rs 3,787 crore, and Rs 343.66 crore has been spent so far, the statement added.