PM announces free ration to the poor till November

Imphal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that government will provide free ration to the poor till November 2020.
Addressing the nation on Tuesday, he said under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana a package worth Rs. 1.75 lakh crore was provided to the poor.

In the last three months, 20 Crore poor households have received direct benefit transfers worth Rs. 31,000 Crore, he said. During this period, Rs. 18,000 crore have been deposited in bank accounts of over 9 Crore farmers. Simultaneously, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan was quickly launched for employment of Shramiks in rural areasGovernment is spending Rs. 50,000 Crore he added.

Mr. Modi said, considering corona’s death rate, India is comparatively in a better position compared to many countries of the world and timely imposition of lockdown and other decisions have saved lakhs of lives.

He added that negligence and irresponsibility is rising since that Unlock-One, and caution people to be more careful with respect to wearing of masks, social distancing and washing of hands for 20 seconds.

Rules were followed very strictly during the Lockdown. Now governments, local bodies, citizens, need to show similar alertness. Especially, we need to focus more on containment zones. Those not following the rules will need to be stopped and cautioned, he added.

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