New Delhi: As the number of coronavirus cases is on a steep rise in India, the finance ministry has said that no new government schemes will start for a year, apart from the special packages announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman to tide over the impacts of COVID-19.Also Read - No Vaccination at Civic, Govt Centres in Mumbai Today Due to Shortage of Doses: BMC

“No New Scheme/Sub Scheme, whether under delegate power to ministry including SFC proposals or through EFC should be initiated in 2020-21 except proposal announced under PM Gareeb Kalyan Package, Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan Package and any other special packages,” the finance ministry said. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: PM Modi to Interact With Beneficiaries of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Uttar Pradesh Tomorrow

“In-principle approval for such schemes will not be given this financial year. Initiation of new schemes already appraised/approved will remain suspended for one year till march 31, 2021 or till further orders whichever is earlier,” it said. Also Read - Odisha: Bhubaneshwar Claims to be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Schemes which have been approved under Budget 2020 will also remain suspended for the time being.

The finance ministry announced a Rs 20 lakh crore scheme as a stimulus to ameliorate the brunt the economy has to bear owing to the prolonged lockdown in the country since March 25. Apart from these schemes, no other new schemes will be effective this financial year.