In addition to increasing lockdown in the country till May 3, the government also announced plans for relief to the poor.

In addition to increasing lockdown in the country till May 3, the government also announced plans for relief to the poor.


 For the next three months, the central government has announced to give 5 crore grains free of cost to the 80 million poor every month. At a joint press conference with the Ministry of Health and the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR), Home Ministry spokesman Poona Salila Srivastava said, 

"The condition of essential goods and services is under control. Under Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana, about 80 crore people have been decided to provide 5 kg of wheat or rice every month for the next three months, depending on their preference.

Take a look at the Home Ministry control room
A spokeswoman for the Home Ministry said preparations have been made for sending additional grains to the states and union territories. As of April 13, 2020, more than 22 million tonnes of grain have gone out of FCI's godown. Also, the Home Ministry's control room monitors the availability of essential goods and services during the twenty-four hours. She is also helping those in need through a helpline.

Steps toward taking care of workers' problems
The central government has also taken special steps towards paying special attention to workers' problems. The Ministry of Labor and Employment has set up 20 complaint centers across the country, specifically to address labor problems, a spokesman for the Home Ministry said. 

These centers are operating under the supervision of the Chief Labor Commissioner. Detailed information on the helpline is also available on the Ministry of Labor and Employment website. 

At the press conference, on March 26, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman announced a Rs 1.78 lakh crore Prime Minister Garib Kalyan package. As of April 13, 32 crore beneficiaries have provided cash assistance of Rs 29,352 crore through DBT. 5.29 crore beneficiaries are being provided free grains under the Prime Minister's Poor Welfare Food Scheme.

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