In view of the coronavirus crisis, Modi government has announced a big relief for 20 crore women of India. Addressing a press conference, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said 20 crore women Jan Dhan Account holders to get Rs 500 per month for next three months to help them run their households in the wake of coronavirus.
PIB tweeted, “#PradhanMantriGareebKalyanYojana #ReliefPackage to women #JanDhan account holders: an ex gratia amount of ₹500/month for next 3 months; to benefit 20 crore women.”
Also, poor women, who got free cooking gas under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana during the last three years, will get free LPG refills in the next three months to tide over tight finance following the nationwide lockdown, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, adding this will benefit 8.3 crore women.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days from Tuesday midnight, asserting that social distancing is the only way out for the country in its decisive battle against the coronavirus. In his second address to the nation on the pandemic raging across much of the world with the number of infections rising in India, Modi made a fervent appeal to the countrymen not to cross the ‘lakshman rekha’ of their homes in the next three weeks. Any negligence in these 21 days will “push the country and your families by 21 years”, he said underlining the massive danger the coronavirus poses.