In a significant announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, the government’s free ration scheme benefiting 80 crore underprivileged individuals. This extension will cover the program for an additional five years, signifying the government’s continued commitment to supporting the economically disadvantaged.
PM Modi made this announcement during a public gathering in Durg, Chhattisgarh, as the state gears up for assembly elections. The voting process for the 90-member Chhattisgarh assembly is scheduled in two phases on November 7 and 17.
The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana was introduced in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide relief to those severely affected by lockdowns and economic disruptions. Under this initiative, the government distributed 5 kg of food grains free of cost to individuals every month.
During his address, PM Modi also strongly criticized the ruling Congress party for alleged corruption in the state. He highlighted their involvement in the controversy surrounding the illegal betting app “Mahadev,” which has the potential to implicate politicians, actors, and government officials. The Enforcement Directorate recently disclosed that promoters of the Mahadev betting app paid approximately Rs 508 crore to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
PM Modi urged the Congress government and the chief minister to explain their connections with the accused individuals involved in this scandal, who are currently in Dubai. He emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in this matter.
Furthermore, PM Modi expressed his dedication to serving the nation’s poor and emphasized that, for him, the most significant caste in the country was the “poor.” He called himself their “sevak” or servant and rejected the Congress party’s attempts to divide the poor and promote caste-based divisions.
In his address, PM Modi defended the rights of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) community and criticized the Congress party for disparaging them. He asserted that he was not deterred by verbal abuse and pledged to continue working for the betterment of the underprivileged and the nation as a whole.