New Delhi: Amid lockdown, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday sanctioned Rs 20 crore for providing free food and medicines to the needy in the state. The fund has been sanctioned from the Chief Minister Relief Fund. Also Read - Coronavirus: After UP, Punjab Government Announces Relief of Rs 3000 For Construction Workers

“I have directed the provision of free food, shelter and medicines for those in need and Rs 20 crore has been sanctioned out of CM relief fund for same,” the CM said in a tweet. Also Read - Watch: Punjab Cops Shake A Leg to 'Baari Barsi' to Spread Awareness About Coronavirus

Apart from this, he has also asked the deputy commissioners (DCs) and sub divisional magistrates (SDMs) to provide all possible helps to people in need in the state. Also Read - COVID-19: India Reports Fourth Coronavirus Death From Punjab, Total Cases Climb to 173

On humanitarian ground, state cabinet ministers Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Monday announced to donate their one-month salary to the CM relief fund for the purpose.  Besides, the Punjab IAS officers association also announced to contribute one-day salary to the CM relief fund.

The development comes soon after the state government announced a relief package of Rs 3,000 each for all the registered construction workers in the state. As per updates, a total of Rs 96 crore was earmarked for this purpose.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the state government of Punjab on Monday imposed a curfew to stop the spread of virus.

The step to announce the curfew was taken as people were defying the lockdown imposed in the state.

“Anybody seeking relaxations to the restrictions will get them for a given period and purpose,” the government said.