Bengaluru: The Narendra Modi-led Union government has taken several steps to improve the lives of its citizens. 

Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, it hopes to reach out to the maximum number of people and bring them to the mainstream. 

Now, the finance ministry has said about 42 crore poor people have received financial assistance of Rs 53,248 crore under it. 

It might be recalled that it was on March 26, that the government had announced the Rs 1.70 lakh crore relief package to help the vulnerable sections of the society deal with the COVID-19 crisis. The package entails free food grains and cash payment to women, elderly, farmers and others.

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Here are more details: 

Rs 16,394 crore was front loaded towards payment of the first instalment of PM-KISAN to 8.19 crore beneficiaries, and Rs 20,344 crore credited to women Jan Dhan account holders in two installments.

Rs 2,814.5 crore disbursed to about 2.81 crore elderly, widows and disabled persons in two installments. 2.3 crore building and construction workers also received financial support amounting to Rs 4,312.82 crore.

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So far 101 lakh MT of food grains have been lifted by 36 states/Union Territories for April. 36.93 LMT of food grains have been distributed, covering 73.86 crore beneficiaries by 36 States/UTs for April 2020. 32.92 LMT of food grains have been distributed, covering 65.85 crore beneficiaries by 35 States/UTs for May 2020. 

It added that 3.58 LMT of food grains have been distributed, covering 7.16 crore beneficiaries by 17 states/UTs for June. 

Also, 5.06 LMT of pulses have been dispatched to various states/UTs. A total of 1.91 LMT of pulses have been distributed so far to 17.9 crore household beneficiaries out of 19.4 crore such beneficiaries, the ministry said.

Further, 9.25 crore Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) LPG cylinders have been booked so far and 8.58 crore free cylinders delivered to beneficiaries.