A Special Financial Package of about Rs 1200 crore per month to help Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Low Income Groups

 

Chandigarh, March 23: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal today announced a special financial package of about Rs 1200 crore per month to help those living Below Poverty Line (BPL) and people of Low Income Groups like daily wage workers, labourers, street vendors and  construction workers so that they do not face any difficulty to meet their day-to-day requirements during the period of lockdown.

            As per the announced package, all BPL families would be provided their monthly rations for the month of April free of cost. An amount of Rs 15 crore per month would be incurred on it. This would include rice or wheat as per their entitlement, mustard oil and 1 kg sugar. All school children enrolled in Government schools and all children in anganwadis would be provided dry rations for the period the schools and anganwadis are closed.

            The families registered under Mukhyamantri ParivarSamriddhi Yojana (MMPSY) are being provided Rs 4000 with contributions to the different insurance and pension schemes. As on date around 12.38 lakh families have registered under MMPSY. The balance amount of Rs 2000 per family would be released before March 31 to all the registered families whose verification has been completed. A further sum of Rs 6000 would be provided to such families in the month of April. An amount of Rs 720 crore per month would be spent on it.

            Those who have been registered with the Haryana Board of Construction Workers but have not registered under MMPSY would be provided a sum of Rs 4500 per month on weekly basis starting March 30, 2020. A sum of Rs 180 crore per month would be spent on it. The sum would be paid directly into their bank account. All BPL families who have not registered under MMPSY would also be provided a sum of Rs 4500 per month on weekly basis starting March 30, 2020. The sum would be deposited into their bank account. An amount of Rs 135 crore per month is estimated to be incurred on this.

            Poor persons who were earning on daily basis such as mazdoors, street vendors etc. may register with the Deputy Commissioner of the district on a portal that would be established by  March 27, 2020.  All such persons who are found eligible and have a bank account would be directly provided an assistance of Rs 1000 per week. An amount of Rs 45 crore per month would be incurred on it. All positive coronavirus patients, if requiring hospitalisation, would be given the benefit of free hospitalisation, irrespective of whether the treatment is in a private or government hospital. This package also include provision for providing salary support to the employees.

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