Ever since coronavirus cases started increasing in India, the central government has put itself in mission mode. This started from “Janta Curfew” to 21 days absolute lockdown. Now government comes up with another relief for citizens of country.
The government on Thursday announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crores relief package to combat COVID- 19 pandemic and for providing free food and cash transfer to support poor and “hand to mouth” people. These are daily wage labourers, rickshaw puller and other people working in unorganized sectors. The government also increased to double the ration of 80 crore poor people with additional 1 kg of pulses. Pradhanmantri Garib Kalyan Yojana also been announced to take care of needs of poor and migrant workers, pensioners,farmers, and widows.
Those 80 crore ration card holders will receive 5 kg wheat or rice and 1 kg pulses every month. Apart from this government has also increased MGNREGA wages from RS 182 to Rs 202. Nearly 20 crore JAN DHAN women account holders will receive Rs 500 every month. And all 8.7 crore farmers will be receiving Rs 2000 in their account from the month of April. 8.3 crore people who are living below poverty line will receive free cylinders for next 3 months. Government on their part have tried to take care of every section of society.
People who are working very hard and are most vulnerable during this time of pandemic are ones working in healthcare sector. They are one most exposed to coronavirus. Government recognised them and people applauded them by ringing bells on the eve of “janta curfew”. Another positive step has been taken by GOI. Government will be providing 50 lakh medical insurance cover for next 3 months for 22 lakh healthcare workers in government hospitals including ASHA staff paramedics, nurses and doctors.
This is the beauty of our nation that people from different caste and religion always come together during time of national emergency. All parties including main opposition Congress have praised the government decision and pledged to stand together.
People are tested during emergency and hard times. Like every other time, this time also Coronavirus will taste defeat and country will win.