Over 32 crore poor received financial assistance of Rs 29,352 cr under PMGKP

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IMPHAL:  As on 13th April, 2020, 32.32 crore beneficiaries have been directly given cash support through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) amounting to Rs 29,352 crore under the package, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has informed.

A statement by PIB informed that in order to ensure that weaker sections of the society continue to get the basis amenities and do not get impacted during the lock down period due to COVID 19, Rs1.70 lakh crore Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) was announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 26th March 2020 to protect such people from the impact of the lockdown.

 As part of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, the Government announced free food grains and cash payment to women and poor senior citizens and farmers. The swift implementation of the package is being continuously monitored by Central and State governments, the PIB informed. Finance Ministry, the concerned Ministries, Cabinet Secretariat and PMO are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the relief measures reach the needy swiftly and in line with the intent of the lock down, the PIB added.

The PIB further stated that Fintech and digital technology have been employed for swift and efficient transfer to the beneficiary. Direct benefit transfer, i.e. transfer that ensures that the amount is directly credited into the account of the beneficiary, eliminates leakage and improves efficiency has been employed. This has also ensured credit to the beneficiary’s account without the need for the beneficiary to physically go to the branch, the PIB stated.

Under the Pradhan MantriGaribKalyanAnn Yojana, the PIB informed that 20.11 Lakh MT of food grains have been lifted  by 31 States/UTs out of 40 Lakh MT for April. 2.65 lakh MT has been distributed by 16 States/UT to 5.29Crore beneficiaries covered by 1.19 Crore Ration cards as April 2020 entitlement.3985 MT of Pulses have also been dispatched to various states/UTs, as per the PIB.

A total 1.39 Cr cylinders have been booked under this PMUY scheme so far and 97.8 Lakh PMUY free cylinders already delivered to beneficiaries.

The PIB also informed that increased rate under MNREGA has been notified w.e.f 01-04-2020. In the current financial year, 19.56 lakh person’s man-days of work generated. Further, Rs 7100 crore released to states to liquidate pending dues of both wage and material.

Insurance Scheme for health workers in Government Hospitals and Health Care Centres have also been operationalised by New India Assurance covering 22.12 Lakh health workers.

With regards to support to Farmers, the PIB informed that of the total disbursement, Rs 14,946 crore has gone towards payment of the first instalment of PM-KISAN. Under the scheme, nearly 7.47crore out of the 8 crore identified beneficiaries got ₹2,000 directly in their account.

The government has also sent support to PMJDY Women account holders, the PIB said stating that as large number of household in India are largely managed by the women, under the package, as many as 19.86 crore women Jan Dhan account holders received ₹500 each in their account. As on 13th April,2020, the total disbursement under the head was ₹9,930 crore.

The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) also disbursed about ₹1,400 crore to about 2.82 crore old age persons, widows and disabled persons. Each beneficiary received an ex-gratia cash of Rs 500 under the scheme as the first instalment. Another instalment of Rs 500 each will be paid during next month, the PIB said.

The PIB further stated that as many as 2.17crore Building &construction workers received financial support from the Building and Construction Workers’ Fund managed by state governments. Under this Rs 3,071 crore were given to beneficiaries, the PIB stated.

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