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Coronavirus In India LIVE Updates: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Announces Rs 1.7 Lakh Cr Relief Package

  • PM Gareeb Kalyan Scheme will entail Rs 1.7 lakh crore.
  • It will include both cash transfer and food security.
  • Provide insurance cover worth Rs 50 lakh for sanitation workers, ASHA workers, doctors, nurses, paramedics in case they need it as they are on the frontlines of the corona battle.
  • Over and above 5kg of rice/wheat that is already given, another 5 kg per person will be given free to around 80 crore people through PDS. Besides, one kg of preferred
  • Rs 1.7 lakh crore package: It is for those who are in “immediate need” with an aim to put money in their hands
    Health insurance cover: Rs 50 lakh per person for frontline warriors (doctors, nurses, sanitation, ASHA or government workers)
  • Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana: 5 kg of wheat/rice per person will be given for next three months in addition to the 5 kg which is already given; 1 kg of pulse per household
  • Cash transfer based on DBT (direct benefit transfer):
    Farmers, who get Rs 6,000 annually under PM-Kisan, will get first installment of Rs 2,000 in addition and it will be given immediately in the first week of April.

    MGNREGA: ‘Wages increased from Rs 182 to Rs 202 and it will result in an additional income of Rs 2,000’
    Widow/poor widows/poor/’divyang’/senior citizens: Ex-gratia Rs 1,000 (to be given in two installment)

    Women Jan Dhan Yojana: Ex-gratia amount of Rs 500 per month (next three months)

    Ujjwala Scheme: For next three months, free cylinders will be given to those who are enrolled in the scheme
    Self-help group women dealing with livelihood missions: Collateral free loan amount increased to Rs 20 lakh from Rs 10 lakh

    Organised sector: Govt to pay EPF contribution (both employer and employee) for next three month for those establishments which have up to a 100 employees and 90% employees earning less than Rs 15,000
    Workers can withdraw up to 75% from the PF funds (non-refundable advance) or three months of wages (whichever is lower)

    Constructions workers: The Centre directed state governments to use fund of Rs 31,000 crore to provide relief

    District mineral fund: State governments can use the fund for medical testing, screening and providing health attention services

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