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The Coronavirus pandemic has been spreading widely affecting a thousand numbers of people. The Indian government called for a 21-day lockdown to curb its spread in India. This raised alarm in the minds of the people with regards to their jobs and the availability of other essentials.
PM Modi asked the nation to not panic as the necessary commodities and medicines will remain available during the 21-day nationwide lockdown. He assured the masses of various states that the centre and the state will work together to ensure smooth functioning.
The Ministry of Home Affairs came out with a list of essential services that will remain open during the nationwide lockdown.
The coronavirus outbreak has affected the livelihoods of daily wage earners. State governments have taken this into consideration and have planned to provide unemployment benefits to contract and temporary workers amid the pandemic.
Furthermore, the labour ministry has asked central ministries and states to make sure that employers don’t remove their temporary or contractual employees.
The government in Kerala declared Rs. 20.000-cr special package to deal with the coronavirus. It has also decided to give loans worth Rs. 2000 crore through a self-help group called ‘Kudumbashree’. Additional Rs. 2000 crore was assigned to be distributed as a village employment programme from April to May.
The government has also decided to distribute the social welfare pension due in April in March itself. Two-month pension will amount to Rs. 1320 crore.
CM Amarinder Singh declared relief of Rs. 3000 to registered construction workers in Punjab. He has earmarked Rs. 96 crores for this cause and has also sanctioned Rs. 20 crore for free food and medicines to those in need from the Chief Minister relief fund. IAS officers in Punjab and state cabinet ministers have also announced to donate a month’s salary to the Chief Minister Relief Fund.
CM Yogi Adityanath announced a financial package of Rs. 353 crores to distribute among an estimated 3.53 million daily wage earners amid the coronavirus outbreak. Rs 1000 each, will be handed to 1.5 million daily wage workers and 2.03 million construction workers throughout the state through direct Bank transfer.
CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced special financial aid for those Below Poverty Line (BPL) and low-Income groups like daily wage workers, street vendors and construction workers. The state government is to bear a cost of Rs. 1200 crore per month. The state announced setting up Haryana Corona Relief Fund (HCRF) and has asked people to make voluntary donations. The CM donated Rs. 500,000 from his personal account.
People registered under Haryana Board of Construction workers, but not registered under Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samriddhi scheme will be given Rs.4500 every month starting on March 30. Other labourers and daily wage workers are asked to register on the portal will be established on March 27, 2020 by the deputy commissioner. Eligible ones will be provided weekly assistance of Rs. 1000 via bank account.
All coronavirus infected patients will be provided free hospitalisation and those workers working to curb the spread of the virus will be given accident insurance of Rs. 1 million.
Furthermore, a special package is to be announced by the state government by March 28, 2020.
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CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced to pay salaries to contractual staff, daily wage workers and guest teachers employed at schools and colleges closed to aid the pandemic. People getting Ration from fair-price shops will get 50% extra in April. Free food will be provided for those in night shelters and those who are homeless.
The state government announced Rs. 500 crore relief for the poor. Rs. 30 crores is assigned to construction workers. About 105,000 workers registered with the Building and Construction Workers Board will be provided Rs. 2000 as one-time relief and ration including rice and flour will be given to targeted masses.
Rs. 160.2 crore will be given to those who come under social security pension holders in the first week of April.
The government has announced that essentials will be available during this crisis. Following is the list of essential that will be available:
Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their Manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as:
The transportation for all medical personnel, nurses, para-medical staff and other hospital support services be permitted.
This is subject to those which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew. Furthermore, establishments used or earmarked for quarantine facilities will remain open.
Stay home and stay safe. Fight Coronavirus by following the rules laid down by the government and cooperate with the government in curbing the spread.
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