PM outlines, extends sops for the poor in address to the nation


New Delhi: In his sixth address to the nation since the lockdown began in March, PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday afternoon mentioned at length in his 15-minute speech the pro-poor measures taken by the Centre.

Modi announced that the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana would be extended till November-end, thus helping 80 crore Indians get free ration. Under the scheme, 5 kg wheat/rice and 1 kg additional chana each month would be provided free for each member of the family. The scheme is estimated to cost Rs 90,000 crore to the exchequer.


The PM pointed out that the agriculture sector witnesses a lot of action in the monsoon season and soon after, followed as it is by the onset of the festive season. In view of this, he announced the one-nation-one-ration-card scheme which will help the migrant workers.

Lauding the tax payers, he said the government would do everything possible to give a fillip to the nation's economic activity and growth. 

Highlighting the steps taken for the welfare of the poor, he said that 20 crore families had benefited from the Jan Dhan scheme, Garib Kalyan Yojana for migrants and that Rs 18,000 crore had been disbursed to the distressed farmers.

As the nation is set to enter Unlock 2.0 on July 1, Modi warned the people against letting their guard down, especially after they showed discipline and willpower in the preceding months.
Timely lockdown saved lakhs of lives and helped curb the spread of the virus, he said but lamented that the citizens were now increasingly becoming careless in following the standard procedures.

The authorities and the citizens must stay vigilant and follow the rules, he said. The PM also warned those indulging in irresponsible behaviour of facing action.


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