Free ration extension will ensure support to crores of people: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the Cabinet decision to extend the free ration scheme for another three months will ensure support to crores of people during festive season.

“Today’s Cabinet decision to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana will benefit crores of people across India and ensure support during this festive season,” PM Modi said in a Tweet.

Noting the Cabinet’s decision on redevelopment of New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway stations, he said India’s infrastructure has to be futuristic and the decision reflects the vision of the government.

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“India’s infrastructure has to be futuristic. Today’s Cabinet decision on redevelopment of New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus reflects this vision of the Government. These stations will be modernised and further ‘Ease of Living,’” he said.

Govt extends Free Ration Yojana

The government on Wednesday approved the extension for the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-Phase VII) for an additional period of 3 months from October to December 2022.

The main motive behind the move is to insure food security at a time when the entire world is bearing the brunt of Covid-19. The government, in a press note, said “India has been successfully maintaining food security for its vulnerable sections while taking necessary steps to keep availability and affordability for common man.”

The extension of PMGKAY for three months will allow people to continue to enjoy the benefits of easy availability of foodgrains without any financial distress, the statement said.

Under this scheme, 5 kg of food grain per person per month is provided free of cost for all the beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) [Antodaya Anna Yojana & Priority Households] including those who come under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).

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Cabinet approves re-development of 3 railway stations

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal for redevelopment of the New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway stations with an approximate total investment of nearly ₹10,000 Crore.

Informing about the integration & redesigning of the station, Vaishnav said: New Delhi railway station will integrate train services with buses, auto & metro rail services. Ahmedabad railway station redesign inspired by Modera’s Sun temple. CSMT’s heritage building won’t be touched but buildings nearby will be re-developed.

The railway minister said the design will include a spacious roof plaza with all passenger amenities in one place along with spaces for retail, cafeterias, and recreational facilities.

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