NEW DELHI: To overcome the economic impact of coronavirus-induced lockdown on the poor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, soon after the imposition of lockdown on March 24, announced a relief of Rs 1.70 lakh crore under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister extended the scheme till the end of November.
Here is a look at the salient features of the scheme —

  • Under the scheme, five kilograms of free wheat/rice was provided to more than 80 crore people – to each member of a family – along with 1 kg free whole chana per family, per month.
  • Since its unveiling Rs 50,000 crore has been spent on providing employment opportunities to the poor under the scheme.
  • The extension of the scheme will cost the government an additional Rs 90,000 crore. If the amount spent towards the scheme in the previous three months is added together, a total of almost Rs 1.5 lakh crore would be spent towards the scheme till November.
  • Safai karamcharis, ward-boys, nurses, ASHA workers, paramedics, technicians, doctors and specialists and other health workers would be provided with a cover of Rs 50 lakh. As many as 22 lakh health workers would be covered under this new scheme.
  • More than 80 crore people, ie two-third of the population, will be covered under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana.
  • Each eligible members would be provided with double of their current entitlement under the scheme. This addition would be free of cost.
  • At the time of the launch, it was announced that the first instalment of Rs 2,000 to farmers due in 2020-21, covering 8.7 crore farmers, will be front-loaded and paid in April 2020 under PM Kisan Yojana.
  • A total of 20.40 crores PMJDY women account-holders would be given an ex-gratia of Rs 500 per month.
  • Under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, gas cylinders, free of cost, would be provided to 8 crore poor families.
  • Wage-earners below Rs 15,000 per month in businesses having less than 100 workers will be paid 24 per cent of their monthly wages into their PF accounts.
  • To government will provide Rs 1,000 for three months, to the three crore aged widows and people in Divyang category.
  • MNREGA wages increased by Rs 20 with effect from 1 April 2020. This will benefit approximately 13.62 crore families.
  • Employees’ Provident Fund Regulations will be amended to include Pandemic as the reason to allow the non-refundable advance of 75 per cent of the amount or three months of the wages, whichever is lower, from their accounts.
  • Families of four crore workers can avail the benefit of this window.



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