New Delhi: Hours after the Union Ministry of Finance announced Rs 1.7 lakh crore economic package during the 21-day nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package will go a long way in ensuring food and livelihood security of poor people of the country. Also Read - From Traders, Shopkeepers to Consumers: Huge Struggle of Getting Commodities During Lockdown

He also went on to say that the firm resolve of the Central government is that the poor and vulnerable get all possible help to cope with the testing times. Also Read - ‘Looking Forward For Productive Session on Thursday,’ Says PM Modi Ahead of G-20 Virtual Summit



“It is our firm resolve that the poor and vulnerable get all possible help to cope with the testing times. The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package will go a long way in ensuring food and livelihood security,” he said in a tweet. Also Read - Don’t Treat Coronavirus on Your Own, Cooperate With Health Professionals: Top 10 Quotes of PM Modi



Notably, the financial package has been announced by the Central government to deal with the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the livelihood of the people.

The development comes after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier in the day announced Rs 1.7 lakh crore stimulus that included free food-grain and cooking gas to the poor for three months. The package has also facility for women and senior citizens as it is meant to ease the economic impact of the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

Part of the package, an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh per health worker fighting COVID-19 will be provided, Sitharaman had said.

She had also said that 80 crore poor people will get 5 kg wheat or rice and 1 kg of preferred pulses for free every month for the next three months. “Twenty crore women Jan Dhan account holders will get Rs 500 per month for next three months,” she had added.

In another development, reports suggested that PM Modi-led Central government has asked its ministers to take charge of their states in defeating the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per reports, a letter from the PMO has been sent to all ministers, asking them to play an active and effective role in stemming the growing disease.

“The elected representatives have been asked to ensure that poor and underprivileged get food, that the PDS shops in their area do not run out of ration, essential commodities are available in local markets and people are not overcharged for the same,” one of the ministers was quoted as saying by reports.