New Delhi, March 26: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced 5 kg of wheat or rice and one kg of preferred pulses free-of-cost every month for the next three months for 80 crore poor across the country to deal with the economic impact of the lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak.
As many of 20.5 crore women Jan Dhan Account holders will get Rs 500 per month for next three months to run their households.
For poor senior citizens, widow and disabled will get an ex-gratia of Rs 1,000.
Also, the daily wage under MNREGA has been increased to Rs 202 a day from Rs 182 to benefit 5 crore workers.
The minister said the government will front-load Rs 2,000 payment to farmers in the first week of April under the existing PM Kishan Yojana to benefit 8.69 crore farmers.
Also, the beneficiaries of Ujjwala LPG scheme will get free cooking gas for the next three months, she said.
This forms part of the Rs 1.7 lakh crore Gramin Kalyan Package. PTI
*Economic stimulus finalised to deal with impact of corona lockdown, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman.
*Rs 50 lakh per person insurance cover for doctors, paramedic, healthcare workers dealing with coronavirus outbreak
*80 cr poor people will get 5 kg wheat or rice and 1 kg of preferred pulses for free every month for the next three months
*FM announces Rs 1.7 lakh crore Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan scheme to help the needy
*Govt to front-load Rs 2,000 paid to farmers in first week of April under existing PM Kishan Yojana to benefit 8.69 cr farmers
*FM announces increase in MNREGA wage to Rs 202 a day from Rs 182 to benefit 5 crore families
*FM announces an ex-gratia of Rs 1,000 to 3 cr poor senior citizen, poor widows and poor disabled
*20 cr women Jan Dhan Account holders to get Rs 500 per month for next three months to help them run their households
*Ujjwala beneficiaries to get free cooking gas (LPG) cylinders in next three months; this will benefit 8.3 crore BPL families
*Collateral-free loan doubled to Rs 20 lakh to 63 lakh women self-help groups; to impact 7 crore households
*Govt to pay employee, employer contribution to PF for 3 months for establishment with 90 pc of staff with Rs 15,000 wage
*Workers to be allowed to draw non-refundable advance of 75 pc from credit in PF a/c or 3 months salary, whichever is lower. PTI