New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown, the Gujarat government on Wednesday announced that it will provide food items like wheat, rice, pulses and sugar free of charge to around 60 lakh ration card holding families in the state through fair price shops starting from April 1. An announcement to this effect was made by state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday. Also Read - 69-Year-Old Man Gujarat's First Casualty Due to Coronavirus, Death Toll in India Rises to Seven

“The government’s scheme is to ensure that the poor, who depend on daily wages for livelihood, are not affected by the 21-day nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak and do not have to purchase food items for the month of April,” Rupani said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Gujarat Reports First Positive Cases, Two Infected from Rajkot, Surat | Highlights



He also added that Gujarat has made an important decision, that poor families – around 60 lakh families, or 3.25 crore individuals — holding ration cards, will get food items, including 3.5 kg wheat and 1.5 kg rice per person, and 1 kg of pulses, sugar and salt per family free of cost from April 1. Also Read - Days Ahead of Rajya Sabha Polls, Congress Suspends Five Rebel MLAs in Gujarat

Saying that the government is concerned about the state’s poor families, he said the state administration will continue to take decisions to ensure they do not face hurdles during the lockdown.



“With works closed for 21 days, poor families earning daily livelihood face great problems. Our sensitive government understands this, and we will take more such decisions in future so such people do not face much hurdle,” he added further.

Apart from this, he also urged the people to stay indoors for 21 days. As per updates, the state has so far reported 38 cases of coronavirus and one death due to COVID-19. The entire state is under lockdown.