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Govt’s fiscal package to migrants’ plight: Covid-19 news from India Image ( image not load )

Govt’s fiscal package to migrants’ plight: Covid-19 news from India

2020-03-27 12:34:59 ,   Category : INDIA     Views : 54

India unveiled on Thursday a Rs 170,000 crore welfare package for the poor in the wake of the 21-day nationwide lockdown prompted by the coronavirus disease that has infected 724 people and killed 17 in the country. Amid a rush for essentials after the announcement of the lockdown, the Delhi government tried to assuage concerns of citizens, saying all shops selling essential items, including medicines, will be allowed to run round the clock. Meanwhile, hundreds of migrant labourers, stranded due to the shutdown, have started a long walk back -- stretchig a few hundred kilometres -- to their villages. Coronavirus update: India fights economic epidemic amid lockdown to curb Covid-19 spread India on Thursday announced a Rs 170,000 crore package under a new scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana (PMGKBY), to address the immediate economic distress in the wake of the lockdown prompted by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, and ensure food and cash reaches the marginalised segments of society.Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package involving cash transfers and food security, aimed at ensuring that the most vulnerable sections of society have enough resources to survive the ongoing lockdown and the loss of livelihoods caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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