A Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi decided to extend the free ration scheme till December 31st. This scheme is currently benefiting around 80 crores of people by spending around Rs.3.45 lakh crores till now. Under PMGKAY including Phase- I to VI a total of 1003 metric tonnes of foodgrains had already been distributed. While in Phase VII around 44,762 crores are expected to be spent by the Central Government. So, by including all the phases, a total of around 3.91 lakh crores is going to be spent by the Government on this scheme.