NEW DELHI: The Centre announced a Rs 170,000 crores worth of relief fund in order to support the weaker sections of the country badly hit by the pandemic COVID-19 followed by 21 days of lockdown, said the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Announcing the relief package, the FM Sitharaman said that the migrant workers, rural poor and the women will be benefitted from the PM Garib Kalyan Yojna. She further said that as one set of measures, the scheme will work by direct transfer of cash whereas the other set will include food security-related measures.
The minister said, "We have come with a package which will immediately take care of the welfare concerns of the poor and suffering workers, and those who need immediate help. We do not want anyone to remain hungry, so we will be giving enough to take care of their foodgrain requirement, protein requirement in terms of pulses."
About the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) he further said, "On the other hand, they should also not remain without money in hand. So several measures through DBT are being taken so that money reaches them so that they can have money in their hands."
The move came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21 days' lockdown throughout the whole country. Keeping in mind about how it would affect the poor section, the relief package is announced.