PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (English) – Introduction
The Government under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is committed to the ideals of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayaas” to build an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The Government has been working to ensure basic necessities to all citizens of the country through various programmes and schemes for the holistic welfare of the poor and marginalised sections of society. These are aimed at serving the last person at the bottom of the pyramid. In the last eight years, there has been an exponential leap in ensuring last-mile delivery to the poorest sections of society. Whether it be in the unprecedented number of houses built (PM Awas Yojana), water connections given (Jal Jeevan Mission), bank accounts (Jan Dhan), direct benefit transfer to farmers (PM KISAN) or free gas connections (Ujjwala), there has been a perceptible improvement in the livelihoods of the poor.
Sabka Vikas Mahaquiz Series being launched
As India celebrates 75 years of its Independence, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Government has stepped up efforts to engage with citizens in participatory governance and delivery of schemes and programmes. As a part of this last-mile delivery approach, MyGov is organising the Sabka Vikas Mahaquiz Series, which is part of an outreach effort to build awareness in citizens. The quiz aims to sensitise the participants about the various schemes and initiatives and how to avail the benefits. Massive participation in the quiz series will deepen government engagement at the grassroots level. In this context, MyGov invites all of you to participate and test your knowledge of New India.
This quiz will be fittingly launched on the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar on 14th April 2022. Babasaheb Ambedkar is an icon of social justice and empowerment, and the Government has been following his footsteps in serving the poor, marginalised and vulnerable sections of society.
PMGKAY is the theme of the first quiz
The first quiz will be on the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY) is a pro-poor scheme intended to reduce the challenges encountered by the poor as a result of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The immediate goal was to ensure that no poor or vulnerable person or household went hungry. Under the scheme, all National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries are entitled to 5 kgs of free food grain every month. This is over and above the highly subsidised food grains available to NFSA beneficiaries.
PMGKAY is a unique scheme to combat the effects of the covid pandemic on the poor of the country. As a result, more than 1,000 Lakh MT food grains have already been distributed under the scheme. The estimated financial outlay is about Rs. 3.4 Lakh Crore. As Prime Minister Modi said, “Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana is working to ensure that nobody sleeps on an empty stomach.”
The scheme has been successful in keeping extreme poverty low during the pandemic as evidenced by a working paper prepared by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). “Extreme poverty was as low as 0.8 per cent in the pre-pandemic year 2019, and food transfers were instrumental in ensuring that it remained at that low level in the pandemic year 2020”, the paper said.
How to avail the scheme?
All NFSA beneficiaries (Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority Householders (PHH) identified by State/UT governments i.e. around 80 Crore beneficiaries are covered under PM-GKAY. They are automatically covered and can avail the free food grains from Fair Price Shops using their existing NFSA ration cards. No new ration card or registration is required. A toll-free helpline number ‘1967’ has been set up to redress beneficiaries’ complaints and grievances related to the Public Distribution System.
Android based Mobile Application ‘Mera Ration’ (https://tinyurl.com/fp2tmd97 ) can be used by beneficiaries to view their NFSA as well as PM-GKAY food grain allotment and balance quota. The facility is currently available for those beneficiaries who are successfully verified in the central ration card repository. The app is currently available in 13 languages viz. Assamese, English, Hindi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi and Bangla, and can be downloaded freely from the Google Play Store for Android mobiles. The Annavitran Portal (http://annavitran.nic.in) has a dashboard for monitoring the distribution of PM-GKAY Foodgrains.
Terms and Conditions of PMGKAY
1. This quiz is a part of the Sabka Vikas MahaQuiz Series in which different quizzes on various themes will be launched
2. This quiz will be launched on 14th April 2022 and will be live till 28th April 2022, 11:30 pm (IST)
3. Entry to the Quiz is open to all Indian citizens
4. This is a timed quiz with 20 questions to be answered in 300 seconds
5. The quiz will be available in 12 languages – English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu
6. A maximum of 1,000 top scoring participants will be selected as winners per Quiz. Rs. 2,000/- will be given to each of the selected winners
7. Winners will be selected on the basis of the highest number of correct answers given. In case, the number of participants scoring highest marks exceed 1,000 then the remaining winners will be selected on the basis of time taken to complete the quiz
To illustrate, if the quiz results are as follow –
8. One participant will be eligible to win only once in a particular quiz. Multiple entries from the same entrant will not qualify them for multiple wins during the same quiz. However, the participant is eligible to win in a different quiz of the MahaVikas Quiz series
9. You will be required to provide your name, email address, telephone number and postal address. By submitting your contact details, you will give consent to these details being used for the purpose of the Quiz and also for receiving promotional content.
10. The announced winners will be required to share their bank details for the disbursement of the prize money. The username should match with the name on the bank account for prize money disbursement.
11. The questions will be randomly picked from the question bank through an automated process
12. You can skip a tough question and come back to it later
13. There will be no negative marking
14. The quiz will start as soon as the participant clicks the Start Quiz button
15. Once submitted an entry cannot be withdrawn
16. In case it’s detected that the participant has used unfair means to complete the quiz in unduly reasonable time, the entry may get rejected
17. Organizers will not accept any responsibility for entries that are lost, are late or incomplete or have not been transmitted due to computer error or any other error beyond the organizer’s reasonable control. Please note proof of submission of the entry is not proof of receipt of the same
18. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, organizers reserve the right to amend or withdraw the Quiz at any time. For the avoidance of doubt this includes the right to amend these terms and conditions
19. The Participant shall abide by all the rules and regulations of participating in the Quiz from time to time
20. Organizers reserve all rights to disqualify or refuse participation to any participant if they deem participation or association of any participant which is detrimental to the Quiz or the Organizers or partners of the Quiz. The registrations shall be void if the information received by the Organizers is illegible, incomplete, damaged, false or erroneous
21. MyGov employees and their relatives are debarred from participating in this quiz
22. Organizer’s decision on the Quiz shall be final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the same
23. By entering the Quiz, the Entrant accepts and agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions, mentioned above
24. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of the Indian Judiciary
25. In case there is any clarifications needed for the translated content, the same may be informed to [email protected] and the Hindi/English content should be referred to.