Nirmala Sitharaman: Cash transfer, free LPG, grains, part of coronavirus package
- Nirmala Sitharaman today announced a ₹1.7 lakh crore Gareeb Kalyan Yojana to help the poor tide over the coronavirus lockdown
- The 21-day lockdown is expected to cost the Indian economy ₹9 lakh crore
NEW DELHI : To protect the poor from the economic impact of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, the Narendra Modi government today announced a ₹1.7 lakh crore Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Yojana. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the relief package includes direct benefit cash transfers, free LPG, grains and pulses for the poor while the middle class would be able to withdraw funds from their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) account.
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