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PM Modi Speech Updates: Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana extended till November end

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana has been extended till end of November. The government will continue to provide free ration to the poor under the scheme during the Indian festive season. 

Jun 30, 2020 16:38 IST
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In a major move, PM Narendra Modi announced that the centre's free ration scheme- Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana will be extended till November end to support the poor and migrant labourers through India's upcoming festive season.

The Prime Minister assured that the government will continue to provide essential ration to the vulnerable families till after Diwali and Chhat Puja. The Prime Minister also announced extensive implementation of the 'One Nation, One Ration' card scheme to assist the migrant labourers. 

PM Modi also urged citizens to be extra cautious during Unlock 2.0 and take adequate care of their health, especially since we are entering a season of cough, cold and fever. He also cautioned against negligence in personal and social behaviour, especially in containment zones and emphasised on the need to maintain 'do gaj doori' and use of masks. 

PM's address: Key Highlights

PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana extended till November end

The centre has decided to extend Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana till November end, till after Diwali and Chhat Puja. Under the scheme, the centre will provide free ration to approximately 80 crore people till November. The extension is expected to cost the government around Rs 90000 crore. 

The centre had announced a package of Rs 1.75 crore for PM Garib Kalyan Yojana. In the last 3 months, the government deposited Rs 31000 crore in the bank accounts of 20 crore poor families. The government has also deposited Rs 18000 crore in the bank accounts of more than 9 crore farmers.

One Nation, One Ration Card

One nation, one ration card scheme to be implemented across the nation. The migrant labourers will be able to benefit from the initiative. PM Modi said that the government is able to provide free food grains to the poor all due to the efforts of the Indian farmers and taxpayers.  

India's battle against COVID stable

India is still comparatively stable in dealing with Coronavirus situation in comparison to other countries across the globe. The Prime Minister reiterated that timely decisions and measures have played a great role in this. 

PM cautions against negligence in social behaviour

The Prime Minister noted that since the beginning of Unlock 1, negligence in personal and social behaviour has been increasing. PM Modi urged the citizens to be more cautious and emphasised on the need to continue maintaining  'do gaj doori', wearing of face masks and repeated washing of hands, especially in the containment zones. 

Unlock 2.0

The Ministry of Home Affairs had announced new guidelines for Unlock 2.0 on June 29. The lockdown has been extended in containment zones till July 31st. The centre's Unlock 2.0 is similar to Unlock 1.0 with certain more ease in restrictions in areas outside containment zones and lockdown continuing to be in effect in the containment zones except for essential services.

The new MHA guidelines have been formed based on the feedback received from the states/ UTs and extensive consultations between central ministries and departments.

PM Modi chairs high-level meeting

Ahead of his national address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting today to review the preparations being undertaken for COVID-19 vaccination as and when a vaccine is available.

Background

The Prime Minister had last addressed the nation through his monthly programme 'Mann Ki Baat' on June 28, in which he talked about India's ongoing border dispute with China, saying that befitting reply has been given to those coveting India's territories.

The centre in a digital retaliation against China also banned 59 major Chinese apps on June 29, 2020 stating them to be a threat to India's sovereignty and integrity and security of state and public. The banned apps include popular mobile apps such as Tik Tok, WeChat, Cam Scanner, Beauty Plus, Shareit and sites like Shein and Club Factory.

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