#Coronavirus: Rs 50 Lakh Insurance For Every Doctor, Nurse; Rs 1.7 Lakh Crore Economic Stimulus Announced By Govt
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Union Government has a huge announcement – Rs. 1.7 lakh crore package that will provide free food and cash transfers. This is to support the economically backward class who are the most vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic.
What has the government promised in this newest announcement? Let’s find out!
FM Nirmala Sitharaman Declares Rs. 1.70 Lakh Crore Package For Poor; Here Are All The Details
“We do not want anyone to remain hungry,” announced the finance minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman. The Government announced a package of rs. 1.70 lakh crores, under which, the following declarations have been made:
- This target has been announced for 80 crore people, under the name Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana.
- For the next three months, everyone will be getting an additional 5 kg of wheat or rice for free. This is in addition to the 5 kg per month that is already being given under PDS. also, one kg of pulses will be offered per household, which differs as per regional preferences.
- Cash transfers will be made to MGNREGA workers, poor widows, pensioners and disabled people, women with Jan Dhan Yojana accounts, women beneficiaries under Ujjwala scheme, women self-help groups, organised sector workers, construction workers, district mineral fund.
- Rs. 50 lakh medical insurance will be provided for all “front line warriors” fighting the spread of the virus at personal risk, including ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) workers, medical sanitary workers in government hospitals, paramedics, nurses and doctors.
- Free cylinders will be given to Ujjwala scheme holders for the next 3 months.
- No EFP will be deducted for anyone who is earning less than Rs. 15000 per month.
- The first instalment of the PM-KISAN for 2020-21, Rs. 2000, is to be paid in April itself.
- Rs. 2000 extra income will be given for the MGNREGA workers, which has been increased from Rs. 182 to Rs. 202. However, they are asked to keep up with the social distancing norms.
- Widows, disabled, and poor pensioners will be given ex-gratia, a one time amount of Rs. 1000 in two instalments over the next three months. This is expected to benefit 3 crore poor people above the age of 60 years, widows and disabled people as well.