Coronavirus COVID-19 Lockdown Nirmala Sitharaman Pronounces Aid Measures Amid Virus Disaster

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Rs 50 Lakh Medical Insurance, Free Rice: Centre's Big Steps Amid Lockdown

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday introduced a Rs 1.70 lakh crore fiscal stimulus plan to help the economic system’s battle in opposition to the rapidly-spreading coronavirus pandemic. The reduction measures included direct money transfers (beneath the DBT or Direct Profit Switch scheme) and meals security-related steps geared toward giving reduction to the poor employees hit by the 21-day countrywide lockdown that started this week. Addressing the media while market hours, Nirmala Sitharaman mentioned the federal government has been working to guard the pursuits of these affected straight for the reason that coronavirus-induced lockdown. “We have come with a package which will immediately take care of the welfare concerns of the poor and suffering workers, and those who need immediate help,” mentioned the Finance Minister. 

The reduction measures come at a time when hopes of a stimulus bundle to strengthen the economic system in opposition to the coronavirus pushed fairness markets greater than 5 per cent larger, and put them on monitor to shut larger for the third session in a row.

Many economists have already warned of a pointy financial impression of the outbreak on India, which is already staring on the worst tempo of annual GDP enlargement recorded in additional than 11 years. 

Listed below are highlights of what the Finance Minister mentioned: 

  • A bundle prepared for the poor who want instant assist

  • These embrace migrant employees, city and rural poor

  • Nobody will go hungry
  • Package deal is price Rs 1.7 lakh crore
  • Medical insurance coverage cowl price Rs 50 lakh per particular person for these placing their very own life in danger
  • These embrace medical doctors, paramedic/healthcare employees, ASHA employees coping with coronavirus outbreak
  • 20 lakh employees to profit from this
  • 80 crore individuals to profit from Rs 1.70 lakh-crore bundle beneath PM Garib Kalyan scheme
  • They are going to get both 5 KGs of rice or 5 KGs of wheat in next three months, along with present allotment; 1 KG pulse of selection 
  • Not even one poor particular person shall be left with out meals 
  • Money switch shall be made beneath Direct Profit Switch (DBT) scheme
  • Wage improve beneath MGNREGA; from Rs 182 to Rs 202
  • 5 crore individuals to profit, to result in improve in revenue by Rs 2,000
  • Rs 1,000 further to be supplied to poor senior residents, widows, disabled in two instalments by DBT
  • three crore to profit from this
  • 20.5 crore Jan Dhan accounts held by women to be credited with further Rs 500 a month by DBT
  • Two bulletins fro organised sector: 
    • Authorities pays EPF contribution (for 12% on behalf of employers and staff every) for next three months for institutions with as much as 100 staff and 90 per cent of whom draw lower than Rs 15,000/month; 80 lakh employees, Four lakh organisations to profit
    • EPF scheme regulation to be amended to allow withrawal of as much as 75% of non-refundable advance or three months wages, whichever decrease; 4.eight crore subscribers to profit
  • Request state authorities requested to utilise District Mineral Fund for screening and testing

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