Around 32 crore people receive benefits under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package
The Government has provided over Rs 28 thousand crore support through Direct Benefit Transfer to around 32 crore beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan relief package announced in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.
AIR Correspondent reports, around Rs 14,000 crore have been directly transferred to approximately 7 crore farmers under PM-KISAN scheme. The beneficiaries got Rs 2,000 directly in their accounts. Rs 10,000 crore were transferred to over 19 crore Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana women account holders who received Rs 500 each in their accounts.
Over Rs 3,000 crores were transferred to two crore building and other construction workers till yesterday. Over Rs 1,400 crore have been transferred in the accounts of around three crore Divyang, senior citizens and aged widows. Each beneficiary received Rs 1,000.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana, Government will release 12 million Metric Tonnes of food grain during April-June. It will provide for 80 crore people at 5 kg per head per month at no cost. Free rations have already reached 2 crore beneficiaries. The package included free LPG refills for the next three months to over 8.3 crore poor women under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and Rs 50 lakh insurance cover for healthcare workers.