Every country in this world is facing the pandemic named ‘COVID-19’ which is caused by a coronavirus named as ‘SARS COV-2’. India is also under lockdown to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus disease and avoid Stage-3 i.e., Community Transmission spread across the nation. But, the effect of lockdown can be seen on the economy and poor people of the country. To mitigate the stress on poor people, the Government of India has announced Rs 1.70 Lakh Crore relief package under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to help them fight the battle against Corona Virus.
Read important points of PM Garib Kalyan Yojana with Infographics
To understand the basics and bullets of this relief package, Infographics has been made. There are various points which the Government of India has announced. Besides, the Government of India has already announced Rs.15,000 Crore that will be put into the health sector to fight against the coronavirus named as ‘SARS COV-2’.
Important points of PRADHAN MANTRI GARIB KALYAN Package
I. Insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19 in Government Hospitals and Health Care Centres: Any health professional, Safai karamcharis, ward-boys, nurses, ASHA workers, paramedics, technicians, doctors and specialists and other health workers who while treating Covid-19 patients, meet with some accident, then he/she would be compensated with an amount of Rs 50 lakh under the scheme.
II. PM Garib Kalyan Ann (अन्न) Yojana: 80 crore individuals, i.e, roughly two-thirds of India’s population would be covered under this scheme. Each one of them would be provided double of their current entitlement over the next three months. This additionality would be free of cost. Under this scheme, 5 kg of wheat or rice and 1 kg of pulses will be provided.
III. Under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana: The first instalment of Rs 2,000 due in 2020-21 will be front-loaded and paid in April 2020 itself under the PM KISAN Yojana. It would cover 8.7 crore farmers
IV. Cash transfers Under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana: A total of 20.40 crores PMJDY women account-holders would be given an ex-gratia of Rs 500 per month for the next three months.
Further, Under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, gas cylinders, free of cost, would be provided to 8 crore poor families for the next three months.
V. Help to low wage earners in organised sectors:
Wage-earners below Rs 15,000 per month in businesses having less than 100 workers are at risk of losing their employment. Under this package, the government proposes to pay 24 per cent of their monthly wages into their PF accounts for the next three months.
VI. Support for senior citizens (above 60 years), widows and Divyang: The government will give them Rs 1,000 to tide over difficulties during the next three months to around 3 crore aged widows and people in Divyang category who are vulnerable due to economic disruption caused by COVID-19.
VII. MNREGA wages increased: Under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, MNREGA wages would be increased by Rs 20 with effect from 1 April 2020. Wage increase under MNREGA will provide an additional Rs 2,000 benefit annually to a worker. This will benefit approximately 13.62 crore families.
VIII. Self-Help groups: Women organised through 63 lakh Self Help Groups (SHGs) support 6.85 crore households. Limit of collateral-free lending would be increased from Rs 10 to Rs 20 lakhs.
IX. Other components of PM Garib Kalyan package: 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.
X. Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Fund: Welfare Fund for Building and Other Constructions Workers has been created under a Central Government Act. There are around 3.5 Crore registered workers in the Fund. State Governments will be given directions to utilise this fund to provide assistance and support to these workers to protect them against economic disruptions.
Further, the State Government will be asked to utilise the funds available under District Mineral Fund (DMF) for supplementing and augmenting facilities of medical testing, screening and other requirements in connection with preventing the spread of CVID-19 pandemic as well as treating the patients affected with this pandemic.