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On a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an extension in free food grains to PMGKAY beneficiaries till November 2020, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said her government would give free ration to people till June 2021.

“We will give free ration till June 2021. The quality of ration is better than that of the Centre,” the CM said minutes after Modi’s address to the nation in the afternoon.

She also claimed that only 60 per cent of people in the state get central ration.

Earlier, the Prime Minister said the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana’s free food grain (5 kg wheat/rice per person and 1 kg gram per family) benefited 80 crore Indians since March during the countrywide lockdown.

The PMGKAY — a Rs 1.7-lakh crore financial package — was announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to minimise the impact of the nationwide lockdown on the Indian economy and the poor.

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