The FM said the announcements made by her come into effect immediately and added that today’s announcements were aimed at reaching out to those people who are the most vulnerable and needed such kinds of measures. As things develop we will come back.
With an aim at alleviating the troubles being faced by the lower strata of the society due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, the Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman announced measures under Prime Minister Garib Kalyan scheme on March 26.
The FM said the announcements made by her come into effect immediately and added that today’s announcements were aimed at reaching out to those people who are the most vulnerable and needed such kinds of measures. She also said that more measures can be announced if needed.
The FM also announced a Rs 50 lakhs per person medical insurance to the warriors of coronavirus, including nurses, paramedics, and doctors.
A package of 1.7 lakh cr: “We have come with a package that will take care of the concerns of people who need immediate help. The package will help poor people from rural and urban areas, workers, widows, divyangs and senior citizens,” the FM said.
The FM underscored that the package, which includes food security and cash transfers, will take care of the welfare concerns of the poor.
Focus on the needy: Farmers, people under MNREGA, widows, poor pensioners, divyang, women under Jan Dhan Yojana, women and households under Ujjwala scheme, self-help groups for women especially under the livelihood mission, organised sector workers under EPFO, construction workers and district mineral funds were on the focus of the FM’s announcements.
Food for poor: The FM said as many as 80 crore people will come under the ‘Pradhan mantra Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana (food scheme)’ and every one under this scheme will get 5 kg of wheat/rice for free in addition to what they get already.
Additionally, one kg of one type of pulse will also be given under the scheme to each household.
“Everyone under this scheme will get 5 kg of wheat or rice for free in addition to what they are already getting. We will also give one kg of one choice of pulse to each household under this scheme for the next three months. They can take it in two installments also,” the FM said.
Early money for farmers: Farmers receive Rs 6,000 per annum through the PM-KISAN scheme. The FM announced the first installment of it would be given upfront. Farmers will get Rs 2,000 now in the first week of April. Around 8.69 crore farmers will get immediate benefit out of this.