Here are key highlights from the economic relief package:
Want to thank all the frontline warriors- ASHA workers, Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics etc; Rs 50 Lakhs per person as Medical insurance cover to be provided as part of #PrdhanMantriGareebKalyanYojana @nsitharaman @FinMinIndia— PIB India (@PIB_India) March 26, 2020
- PM Gareeb Kalyan Scheme will entail Rs 1.7 lakh crore. It will include both cash transfer and food security for the poor, in both urban and rural areas and migrant workers.
- The economic relief package provides an insurance cover worth Rs 50 lakh for sanitation workers, ASHA workers, doctors, nurses, and paramedics, in case they need it as they are on the frontlines of the battle against Coronavirus.
- Over and above 5kg of rice/wheat that is already given, another 5 kg per person will be given free to around 80 crore people through PDS. Besides, 1 kg of preferred and region-specific choice of a pulse will also be given.
- Farmers: The first installment of Rs 2,000 of PM Kisan will be given in the first week of April. 8.69 cr farmers will get immediate benefits out of it.
- MNREGA: Increase in wage rate from Rs 182 to Rs 202, amounting to an increase of Rs 2,000 per worker leading to benefitting 5 crore people.
- Old age/widows: An additional ex-gratia amount of Rs 1,000 for the next three months available in two installments. It will benefit 3 crore widows and senior citizens.
- Women Jan Dhan account holders: Ex gratia of Rs 500 per month for the next three months. This will benefit 20 crore women.
- Women Ujjawala scheme beneficiaries: For three months, free cylinders. Will benefit 8.3 crore BPL families.
- Women self-help groups: Under the Deen Dayal National Livelihood Mission, collateral-free loan will be given up to Rs 20 lakh, up from Rs 10 lakh earlier. This will impact 7 crore holders through 63 lakh SHGs.
- Organised sector: The government will pay the EPF contribution of both of the employer and the employee put together, ie 24 percent, for the next three months. This is for those establishments with up to 100 employees, 90 percent of them earning less than Rs 15,000.
- For organised sector, EPFO regulation will be amended so that workers can draw up to 75 percent for their contingency expenditure non-refundable advance or three months of wages in advance whichever is less. This will benefit 4.8 crore workers.
- Construction workers: The state governments have been directed to use the welfare fund for building and construction labourers in order to help those who are facing economic disruption because of the lockdown.
- Utilise the funds available under the district mineral fund for testing activities, medical screening, providing health attention needed to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.