n the wake of the ongoing economic and social crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government rolled out a special economic relief package worth Rs 20 lakh crore, which included the steps previously taken by the Reserve Bank of India and government’s earlier announcement of a relief package worth Rs 1.75 lakh crore.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package
- Insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19 in Government Hospitals and Health Care Centres.
. Safai karamcharis, ward-boys, nurses, ASHA workers, paramedics, technicians, doctors and specialists and other health workers would be covered by a special insurance scheme.
. Any health professional, who while treating Covid-19 patients, meets with some accident, then he/ she would be compensated with an amount of Rs 50 lakh under the scheme.
- PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana
. 80 crore individuals, i.e, roughly two-thirds of India’s population would be covered under this scheme.
. Each of them would be provided double of their current entitlement for three months at free of cost.
. Further, 1kg pulses per family would be provided according to regional preferences, to ensure adequate availability of protein.
- Monetary Assistance
. A total of 20.40 crores PMJDY women account-holders would be given an ex-gratia of Rs 500 per month for 3 months.
. In the organised sector, the government proposes to pay 24% of the monthly wages into the PF accounts for wage earners below 15,000 per month.
. Government will give 3 crore aged widows and people in divyang category Rs 1,000 to tide over difficulties.
. MNREGA wages would be increased by Rs 20.
. Limit of collateral free lending would be increased from Rs 10 to Rs 20 lakhs for self help groups.
- Other Assistance Measures
. Gas cylinders, free of cost, would be provided to 8 crore poor families.
. Employees’ Provident Fund Regulations will be amended to include pandemic as the reason to allow non-refundable advance of 75% of the amount or three months of the wages, whichever is lower, from their accounts.
. A Welfare Fund for Building and Other Constructions Workers has been created under a Central Government Act.
. The State Government will be asked to utilise the funds available under District Mineral Fund (DMF) for supplementing and augmenting facilities of medical testing, screening and other requirements.