Day 2 of the presser by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed issues related to migrants, farmers, street vendors, small traders and self-employed people
Bengaluru: Day 2 of the presser by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed issues related to migrants, farmers, street vendors, small traders and self-employed people.
Here are the highlights:
SDRF for migrants for setting up shelters:
Government has permitted state governments to utilise SDRF for setting up shelter for migrants and providing them food and water etc. Rs 11,000 crore given to states for taking care of migrant workers and others 3 meals per day for urban homeless, entirely at expense of central government. We are conscious, we are attending to the migrants and giving them in various different ways.
MGNREGA support to returning migrants:
More than 14.6 crore MNREGA person days have been generated till yesterday, 40 per cent-50 per cent higher compared to last May. Work has been offered to 2.33 crore wage seekers in 1.87 lakh gram panchayats.
Free food grains to migrants:
Free Food grain supply to migrants for 2 months. About 8 crore migrants to benefit from this. Rs 3500 crore will be spent on this intervention for 2 months.
'One nation one ration' card:
It will have a national level portability. The government aims to make the card available to 100 per cent PDS population by March 2021.
PM Awas Yojna affordable rental housing complex:
The government to launch under PM Awas Yojna affordable rental housing complexes for migrant workers/urban poor. This will convert government-funded housing in the cities into affordable rental housing complexes under PPP model.
Rs 1500 crore interest subvention:
The government announces Rs 1,500 crores interest subvention for MUDRA-Shishu loans. Small businesses that have taken Shishu loan, which of Rs 50,000 max, will be provided interest subvention of 2% for prompt payees for 12 months.
Government’s support for street vendors:
The government to support nearly 50 lakh street vendors via Rs 5000 cr special credit facility, Finance Minister said. The government will provide Rs 10,000 as initial working capital. Digital payments will be incentivized.
Credit-linked subsidy scheme:
For middle-income group for people between the income of Rs 6 lakh to 18 lakh, the government has extended the credit-linked subsidy scheme up to March 2021; 2.5 lakhs middle income families to benefit during 2020-21.
Job opportunities for tribals:
To create job opportunities for Tribals /Adivasis -Plans worth Rs 6000 crores to be approved shortly under Compensatory Afforestation Management & Planning Authority Funds.
Rs 2 lakh crore concessional credit:
The government announces a Rs 2 lakh crore concessional credit boost to 2.5 crore through Kisan credit cards. Fishermen and animal husbandry farmers will also be included in the Kisan credit card scheme. This will enable farmers to gain access to institutional credit at the concessional interest rate.
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Last Updated May 14, 2020, 5:24 PM IST