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The new integrated food security scheme Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) is a crucial step in eliminating hunger and malnutrition. But the concerns associated with the distributions free foodgrains must be adequately addressed. Analyse.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

3. The new integrated food security scheme Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) is a crucial step in eliminating hunger and malnutrition. But the concerns associated with the distributions free foodgrains must be adequately addressed. Analyse.   (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu , pib.gov.in

Why the question:

The Central Government’s integrated food security scheme has been named as the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY), under which free foodgrains are being given to more than 80 crore poor people from January 1.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the integrated PMGKAY, its pros and cons.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by writing about the aims and the objectives of the integrated PMGKAY.

Body:

First, in brief, write about the major features of PMGKAY.

Next, write about the role PMGKAY in addressing the food security challenges in the country. Cite statistics to substantiate. Highlight the role of similar schemes in addressing hunger and malnutrition in the country.

Next, write about the limitations of PMGKAY and suggest ways to improve it.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.