As India enters Unlock2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the nation. During his televised address, the prime minister highlighted his government's scheme for the poor to help them tide over the coronavirus crisis. He also hailed India's fight against the coronavirus and said that the country was in a better position as compared to several developed countries.

"In comparison to other countries across the globe, India is still in a very stable situation, in the battle against COVID19. Timely decisions and measures have played a key role," Modi said.'

The prime minister said that his government announced a package of Rs 1.75 lakh crore under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna soon after the announcement of the nation-wide lockdown to contain the coronavirus.

"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," the PM said.

PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana Extended Till November

The prime minister also announced the extension of the free grain distribution scheme -- PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana -- to 80 crore people of the country till November this year.

"PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till the end of November, the extension to cost over Rs 90 thousand crore," Modi announced.

The prime minister thanked the farmers and honest tax-payers of the country and said that it's because of them his government is able to provide free food grains to the poor.


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"Today, if the government is able to provide free food grains to the poor & 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.

He also asked people to stay cautious and take care of themselves as the season of cough, fever and cold is approaching the country and Unlock2 has started. "We are entering UNLOCK2 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."


Posted By: Shashikant Sharma