New Delhi, March 26, 2020: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today made several big announcements to help the poor amidst a nationwide lockdown to reduce the outbreak of Corona virus.
The Finance Minister has announced to give 5 kg of wheat or rice and one kg of pulses free every month for three months to 80 crore poor people across the country. This ration will be given to the poor in addition to the ration already given. Apart from this, the Finance Minister has also made several announcements for women, senior citizens, widows, disabled and laborers.
The Finance Minister has announced to pay Rs 500 per month for the next three months to run household expenses in Jan Dhan account of 20.5 crore women. Apart from this, poor senior citizens, widows and disabled persons will be given a pension of Rs 1,000 per month for the next three months. This will be in addition to the pension they are already receiving.
Apart from this, the Finance Minister has also announced to increase the wages of laborers working in MGNREGA. MGNREGA wages have been increased from Rs 182 per day to Rs 202 per day. Five crore laborers will benefit from this.
The Finance Minister has also made a big announcement for the farmers of the country. The Finance Minister has announced an installment of Rs 2,000 under the PM Kisan Yojana to the country’s 8.69 crore farmers in the first week of April.
In addition, the Finance Minister has announced that one cylinder per month will be given free of cost to women who have taken gas connection under Ujjwala scheme for the next three months.