FM Nirmala Sitharaman Announcements: The Congress Thursday said the government’s Rs 20 lakh crore special Covid package has so far fallen way short of what Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised the nation and dubbed it as a “jumla package”. Senior party spokesperson Anand Sharma said the country believed that the PM was serious when he made the “dramatic” announcement of giving 10 per cent of the GDP as a package to revive the economy and support workers and migrant labourers, and that expectations had soared.
Migrants and farmers formed the central part in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement of the second tranche of the special Covid package worth Rs 20 lakh crore today. For farmers, the finance minister apporved Rs 30,000 crore additional emergency working capital fund through NABARD, which is over and above Rs 90,000 crore to be provided through normal refinance route. Besides this, a Rs 2 lakh crore concessional credit boost to 2.5 crore farmers through the Kisan Credit Card Special drive will be given by the Centre. Here are the highlights of FM Nirmala Sitharaman Speech today
In a relief to migrant workers, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the launch of the National Portability Cards (One Nation One Ration Card) which can be used in any ration shop in any part of the country as migrants move from state to state. Besides, the FM said the government will give 5 kg/person of wheat or rice and 1 kg/family of channa for non-PDS card holders for two months which is going to cost the national exchequer Rs 3,500 crore.
In order to employ the migrants workforce returning home, FM Sitharaman said the the government has generated 14.62 crore person-days of work till May 13 to help migrants find work who have returned to their home states. Work offers is now 2.33 crore wage seekers in 1.87 lakh gram panchayats, Sitharaman said, adding that Rs 10,000 crore under MNREGA has been spent in just 43 days. For migrants and the urban poor, the FM also announced affordable rental accomodation under PM Awas Yojana (PMAY). (Follow Coronavirus India live updates)