1 min read.Updated: 02 Apr 2020, 02:01 PM IST Edited By Sangeeta Ojha
WHO chief praised PM Modi for announcing relief package that provided food rations, cash transfers and free cooking gas to the poor
India is under a nation-wide lockdown till 14 April to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic
World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today praised steps taken by PM Narendra Modi to help poor during the 21-day nation-wide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Taking to Twitter, he praised PM Narendra Modi for announcing relief package for poor and needy that provided free food rations, cash transfers and free cooking gas.
"My appreciation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing a $24 billion package to support Flag of India's vulnerable populations during COVID19 crisis, including:
-free food rations for 800M disadvantaged people;
-cash transfers to 204M poor women
-free cooking gas for 80M households," Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet.
My appreciation to Prime Minister @narendramodi for announcing a $24 billion package to support 🇮🇳's vulnerable populations during #COVID19 crisis, including: -free food rations for 800M disadvantaged people -cash transfers to 204M poor women -free cooking gas for 80M households.
However, many developing countries will struggle to implement social welfare programs of this nature. Broad and expedited agreement on debt relief is essential to enable them to care for their people and avoid economic collapse. #Solidarity
"Countries are asking people to stay home and shutting down population movement to limit COVID19 transmission. These steps can have unintended consequences for the poorest and most vulnerable. I call on countries to ensure these populations have food and life essentials during the crisis," WHO chief tweeted.
To protect the poor from the economic impact of the lockdown, the Narendra Modi government on 26 March announced a ₹1.7 lakh crore Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Yojana. Announcing the Covid-19 measures, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said the relief package includes direct benefit cash transfers, free LPG, grains and pulses for the poor. The idea behind these measures is to put money in the hands of the poorest Indians and at the same time ensure that they don’t go hungry.
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