New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the nation for the sixth time in this coronavirus lockdown and said the Central government has extended the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna extended till November end. Also Read - 'America Loves India', Donald Trump Thanks PM Modi For Independence Day Greetings
In his address to the nation, PM Modi said Rs 90,000 crore will be spent more on providing free ration to poor for five more months. Also Read - 'Malicious and Unsubstantiated', Indian Army Dismisses Allegations Over Medical Facility in Leh
“The PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna has been extended till November end and 80 crore people to get free ration for five more months,” PM Modi said. Also Read - 'Seva Hi Sangathan': PM Modi Praises Bihar, Rajasthan BJP Workers For Relief Work Amid Pandemic
He said today, if the government is able to provide free food grains to the poor and the needy, the credit goes to two sections. First, the hardworking farmers of our country and second, the honest taxpayers. I thank you from my heart,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi said that under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, the centre announced a package of Rs. 1.75 lakh crore. “In the last 3 months, Rs 31,000 crore deposited in bank accounts of 20 crore poor families. Also, Rs 18000 crore deposited in bank accounts of more than 9 crore farmers,” he added.
PM Modi also said that under PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana, every member of the family will get 5 kg wheat or rice. Also, every family will get one kilogram whole chana per month, free of cost.
Urging everyone to follow health guidelines, PM Modi said be it head of village or prime minister, nobody is above rules.
“Timely lockdown, other decisions saved many lives, but since Unlock one has begun, people have shown negligence,” PM Modi said.
He said that during the lockdown, rules were strictly abided by. “Now, governments, local administration and citizens again have to show similar caution. We need to have a special focus on containment zones. If you see someone flouting norms, tell them to not do so,” PM Modi added.
PM Modi also added that in comparison to other countries across the globe, India is still in a very stable situation in the battle against COVID-19. “Timely decisions and measures have played a great role,” he added.
“We are entering UNLOCK 2 and the season of cough, fever and cold is also about to start. In such a situation, I urge countrymen to take care of themselves,” PM Modi added.