New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in his address to the nation on Tuesday that the government will extend the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana to provide free ration to 80 crore poor people till the end of November.
“Keeping in mind all the festivals that are coming up in the next few months, this scheme to provide 80 crore people with 5 kg free ration and 1 kg dal per month will now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja, or till the end of November,” PM Modi said in an address to the nation.
He even appealed to the people of the nation not to be negligent and observe social distancing norms and other safety norms as diligently and rigorously as possible.
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After the commencement of Unlock 1, according to the Prime Minister, there has been negligence in personal and social distancing norms.
He said, “Earlier, we were more cautious about the use of masks, do gaj doori and washing hands several times a day for 20 seconds.” He added that the nation is entering ‘Unlock 2’ and since it is already the season of cough, fever and cold.
“I urge, my countrymen, to take care of themselves,” Modi said.
According to the Prime Minister, India is still in a stable state in comparison to other countries across the globe in the battle against COVID-19.
“Timely decisions and measures have played a great role,” he said.
During the nationwide lockdown, all the rules were strictly followed and hence now the governments and local administration and citizens should again have to show similar caution as stated by the PM.
He added, “We need to have a special focus on containment zones. If you see someone flouting norms, tell them to not do so.”
“Under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, we announced a package of Rs. 1.75 lakh crore. In the last three months, Rs 31,000 crore deposited in bank accounts of 20 crore poor families. Also, Rs 18,000 crore deposited in bank accounts of more than nine crore farmers,” the PM added.
PM Modi even said that they are now bringing “One Nation One Ration Card” which will greatly benefit the migrant workers and their families.
He also said that the country would push forward economic activities all while observing precautions. He said, “We will work day and night to make India self-reliant. We’ll be vocal for local.”
The Prime Minister even hailed the farmers and “honest” taxpayers for their much-needed contribution for making the welfare scheme successful.
The address came amid the heightened tensions between India and China that were a result of the face-off in Galwan Valley. The clash left 20 soldiers from the Indian Army dead. And just on June 29 the government of India banned 59 China-owned apps. However, these did not find any mention in his address on Tuesday.