As part of the PMGKY, France is working with the Government of India to ensure that even people who are not registered as residents in a state can avail of subsidised food supplies through Fair Price Shops.
Following India and France signing last week a credit financing agreement for 200 million euros to bolster India’s Covid-19 response, the Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain, on 22nd June paid a visit to a Fair Price Shop in Tughlakabad Extension in Delhi.
Through this loan from the French Development Agency (AFD – Agence française de Développement), France will work with India to increase the state and central governments’ capacities to support the country’s most vulnerable in the wake of the pandemic.
The programme design, developed by the World Bank, focuses on boosting the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY). The programme will provide further benefits to low-income families to ensure that the health, social and economic shocks arising from Covid-19 do not endanger people’s well-being or their contribution to the country’s economic growth in the long run.
Ambassador Lenain was accompanied at the shop by Mr Bruno Bosle, Country Director – AFD, and Mr Anand Tiwari, Additional Commissioner.
During his visit, Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain observed: “India’s Fair Price Shops are at the heart of its food security system and a key element of its social protection system. We want to ensure that its benefits reach everyone. As part of this programme, France is working with the Government of India to ensure that even people who are not registered as residents in a state can avail of subsidised food supplies through Fair Price Shops. This will be critical for urban residents’ resilience to future shocks.”
Later, Ambassador Lenain visited a training centre for underprivileged youth set up by the international NGO LP4Y, which is also supported by the French Development Agency. In the face of the pandemic, young people associated with LP4Y have been spreading awareness about health precautions and providing support to more vulnerable members of the community.
Source: Embassy of France, New Delhi