Monday, July 6, 2020

Unlock 2: ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ will be implemented soon, says PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Tuesday that the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme will be implemented soon.

PM Modi made the declaration while addressing the nation on the first day of Unlock 2, as the country battles to defeat the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have a dream that one ration card will be applicable all over the country. That is, one nation, one ration card. We are working towards this goal and making arrangements to make this a reality,” PM Modi said.

“Some states have done a very good. I urge the other states to do more to make this possible. The poor people who leave their villages and migrate to other states for their livelihood will benefit the most for this,” he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) for another five months till the end of November to help the poor in view of the upcoming festivals like Diwali and Chhath.

The Prime Minister made the announcement in his sixth address to the nation in four months since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out and started getting out of hand.

“Keeping needs of expenses of people, it has been decided that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana should now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja. The scheme will be extended till the end of November,” the Prime Minister said during his 16-minute address.

Modi said that more than Rs 90,000 crore will be spent in the expansion of the scheme and around 80 crore people across the country will be provided free ration — five kg wheat or 5 kg rice.

The Prime Minister also said that every family will also be provided 1 kg gram (chana) under the scheme every month.

Explaining the expenses, the Prime Minister said it comes to almost one and a half lakh crore if the expenses of the last three months are added to it. Though the country is currently in ‘Unlock 2’ mode to help revive the stagnant economy, the Prime Minister requested people to keep precautions and follow the guidelines.

The Prime Minister addressed the nation for the second time in the span of three days as the nation headed towards a scarier and worse state of coronavirus outbreak pushing the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 5,66,840, with the number of fatalities inching closer to 17,000-mark.

On an average, there are around 18,000-20,000 Covid-19 cases reported every day and while the central government might be on the brink of coming up with a vaccine soon, the worry is still imminent given the expanse of the country and its demographic divide.

Urging people to exercise greater caution as the country enters Unlock 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned on Tuesday that India is about to start a crucial phase in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

PM Modi announced a package of Rs. 1.75 lakh crore under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana.

“In the last 3 months, Rs. 31,000 crore deposited in bank accounts of 20 crore poor families. Also, Rs. 18000 crore deposited in bank accounts of more than 9 crore farmers,” he said.

‘PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till the end of November, extension to cost over Rs 90 thousand crore,” he added.

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