COVID-19: Centre pronounces Rs 1.7 lakh crore bundle for poor, Rs 50 lakh medical cowl for coronavirus fighters

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NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday (March 26, 2020) introduced Rs 1.7 lakh crore monetary bundle for the poor to assist them cope with the continued disaster as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Addressing a press briefing, the FM mentioned, ”A bundle is prepared for the poor who want quick assist like migrant staff and concrete and rural poor. No one will go hungry. The bundle is value Rs 1.7 lakh crore.” 

The Rs 1,70,000-crore scheme, dubbed the “Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan scheme” will “address the concerns of poor, migrant workers and those who need help”, she mentioned. The FM additionally introduced Rs 50 lakh per particular person insurance coverage cowl for docs, paramedic and healthcare staff coping with coronavirus outbreak.

 The Finance Minister mentioned the federal government will front-load Rs 2,000 cost to farmers within the first week of April beneath the present PM Kishan Yojana to profit 8.69 crore farmers.

 ”8.69 crore farmers might be instantly benefited by means of Direct money transfers. Instalment of Rs 2,000 within the first week of April might be transferred,” she mentioned.

 ”As lots of 20.5 crore ladies Jan Dhan Account holders will get Rs 500 per 30 days for subsequent three months to run their households. For poor senior residents, widow and disabled will get an ex-gratia of Rs 1,000,” the FM mentioned. ”Also, the every day wage beneath MNREGA has been elevated to Rs 202 a day from Rs 182 to profit 5 crore staff,” she added.

 Also, the beneficiaries of Ujjwala LPG scheme will get free cooking fuel for the following three months, she mentioned. This types a part of the Rs 1.70 lakh crore Gramin Kalyan Package.

 Sitharaman additionally introduced distribution of 5 kg of wheat or rice and one kg of most well-liked pulses free-of-cost each month over the following three months to 80 crore poor throughout the nation to cope with the financial influence of the lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak.

 ”Nearly 80 crore poor folks have been coated (2/third of India’s inhabitants), along with already allotted 5Kg of rice/wheat per particular person, an extra 5kg might be free. Additional 1kg pulse (based on regional choice) might be given,” the FM mentioned.

 FM additionally introduced an ex-gratia of Rs 1,000 to three crore poor senior citizen, poor widows and poor disabled.

 Making an necessary announcement, the FM mentioned that the federal government can pay the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) contribution, each of employer and worker.

 ”Put collectively will probably be 24%, this might be for subsequent three months. This is for these institutions which have upto 100 workers and 90% of them earn lower than 15,000.” the FM mentioned.

 ”Govt is able to amend the regulation of EPF on account of this pandemic in order that staff can draw upto 75% non-refundable advance from credit score in PF account or three months’ wage, whichever is decrease, ” the FM mentioned including, ”This choice goes to profit 4.Eight crore staff.”

 The Finance Minister, who’s heading the duty drive evaluating the monetary fallout of this outbreak and chart out the course forward, outlined a bailout bundle for the folks and trade at the moment.

 Earlier this week, the Finance Minister had mentioned a bundle is beneath works and might be introduced. With the coronavirus lockdown hitting the Indian trade onerous and inflicting job losses, Sitharaman had mentioned an financial bundle to assist tide over the disaster might be introduced very quickly.

 Sitharaman advised reporters an announcement on the bundle could be made earlier than later. Prime Minister Narendra Modi final week had constituted a process drive headed by the Finance Minister to work out bundle for economic system hit by coronavirus.

 As per Union Health Ministry`s newest bulletin, the entire variety of COVID-19 optimistic circumstances has climbed to 649 within the nation, together with 593 energetic circumstances, 42 cured or discharged folks and 13 deaths.

 It could also be famous that the Prime Minister, for a second time in every week, on Tuesday night introduced a 21-day countrywide lockdown from midnight as a result of outbreak of the coronavirus.

 PM Modi confused that “social distancing” is the one choice to cope with the illness, which spreads quickly. In his televised handle to the nation, Prime Minister Modi mentioned that it’s vital to interrupt the chain of the illness and consultants have mentioned that a minimum of 21 days are wanted for it.

The Prime Minister, who had additionally addressed the nation final week, mentioned the lockdown has drawn a “Lakshman Rekha” in each home and other people ought to keep indoors for their very own safety and for that of their households.

The 21-day lockdown has seen anxious folks scrambling to close by retailers for important provides and companies, prompting the federal government to induce residents to not panic. E-commerce firms delivering necessities like groceries, medicines and meals, nonetheless, alleged harassment from regulation enforcement officers and safety guards, resulting in extreme inconvenience in occasions of an unprecedented disaster, calling for an pressing intervention from the federal government.

 Despite the lockdown that has taken buses off the highway and trains off the observe, many migrant labourers have began on their means home, keen to threat sealed borders and vigilant policemen, who’re tasked with making certain that individuals not depart their houses besides for many urgent want.