India outlines $22.6 billion economic stimulus to help poor hit by lockdown

Remigio Civitarese
Марта 27, 2020

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly made an emotional appeal to the people about social distancing, helping the poor and financially weaker section by not cutting their salaries or providing them with food".

Under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana, 80 crore poor will get additional food for free, over and above the Public Distribution System benefits they already get, Sitharaman said.

"From Tuesday, the entire country will be in lockdown, total lockdown", Modi said in a national television address to the world's second most-populous nation. The government ordered a nationwide lockdown that came into place on Wednesday.

They said the G-20 leaders also appreciated India's efforts at the regional level to fight the pandemic. According to sources, the Indian government has not finalized the package yet.

Only recently has the government authorised the private sector and some nongovernmental research laboratories to run the tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The G20 held the video conference to discuss ways to deal with the coronavirus pandemic which has killed over 21,000 people and infected more than 470,000 globally.

She also asked the government to implement the Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme, "Nyay Yojana", proposed by the Congress which, she said, was the need of the hour.

Lord Krishna played an important role during Mahabharata but today the country will win the battle against coronavirus with the help of 130 crore warriors and people of Kashi will have to play a crucial role in this, he said.

In a press release, Maharashtra government said that shops selling essential commodities are allowed to remain open for 24 hours.

"Online service providers and e-retailers delivering essential services and goods to be allowed".

He further added that the police department has finalised a list of e-commerce companies which will be allowed to function in the national capital. For this motive, a lockdown of 21 days has been imposed within the nation. "Police personnel have been sensitised in this regard", Delhi Police said.

The powerful grouping of world's 20 major industrialised nations at its meeting made a decision to inject over United States dollars 5 trillion into the global economy to counter the social and economic impact of COVID-19. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

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