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Coronavirus pandemic | FM Sitharaman announces Rs 1.70 lk cr relief under PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana for food

The government announces the Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana for 80 crore people

March 26, 2020 / 10:45 PM IST

The government will provide free rice/wheat and pulses to poor for the next three months, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said during a press briefing on March 26.

She announced the Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Scheme of Rs 1.70 lakh crore, for which the measures, include Rs 50 lakh insurance cover for all frontline medical 'warriors', Sitharaman said. The Scheme will be in two silos - one food related and one for cash transfer - largely under direct benefit transfer (DBT), she added.

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"The government announces the Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana for 80 crore people, which is 2/3rd of the population," she said.