The Union cabinet gave on Wednesday ex post facto approval of the allocation of additional food grains to beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for May and June.

In a statement, the government said the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved an additional 5 kg of food grains per person per month for the beneficiary 79.88 crore under the National Food Security Act. . The government said the additional food grains would cost ₹ 25,332.92 crore.

“An additional allowance will improve the hardships facing the poor as a result of the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus. No poor family will suffer due to the unavailability of food grains due to the disruptions over the next two months, ”the government said.