COVID-19: Relief Packages Announced By State Governments So Far

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The Centre has announced a number of initiatives under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana to reduce the burden on the poor sections of the society during the lockdown. A relief package of Rs.1.70 lakh crore was allotted in the form of food security as well as a direct benefit for farmers, poor senior citizens, poor widows, poor divyangs, self-help groups, construction workers, and others.

In addition to the Centre’s package, each state of the country has announced a relief package focusing on the most affected sectors of their respective states. Societal segments, such as construction workers, auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers, washermen, barbers, house helps, fishermen, and more have received the relief packages in the form of financial assistance, penal interest waiver, and rebates on bills. The funds for these packages have been taken from the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund pertaining to each state.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of the states, beneficiaries, and the benefits offered for your understanding:

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Sl. No.State AffectedBeneficiary of Relief PackageRelief ProvidedOther Details
1.MaharashtraConstruction WorkersRs.2,000/worker Relief paid to workers registered with the Maharashtra Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board
2.New DelhiDrivers of passenger-carrying vehiclesRs.5,000 This is a one-time payment for drivers of auto-rickshaws, taxis, Gramin Sewa, Phatphat Sewa, maxi cab, Eco-friendly Sewa, e-rickshaws, and school vans.
Health workers, including sanitation workers, doctors, and nursesRs.1 crore/family Health workers who die treating coronavirus patients are called ‘martyrs’ and their families will be given Rs.1 crore
3.West Bengal Migrant workers and their families stranded outside the stateFinancial aid-
4. Tamil Nadu Low-income groups, agricultural labourers, senior citizens, auto-rickshaw drivers, construction workers, and daily wagersRs.1,000A relief package of Rs.3,280 crore has been announced
5.KarnatakaWashermen, barbers, auto-rickshaw drivers, and taxi driversRs.5,000One-time compensation 
Flower growersRs.25,000/hectare In the background of flowers grown on 11,687 hectares being destroyed
MSMEs-Electricity bills will be waived for two months
Large industries- Payment of fixed charges in the electricity bills deferred without penalty and interest for two months
Construction labourersAdditional Rs.3,000 Assistance of Rs.2,000 was already provided; additional assistance of Rs.3,000 will be distributed again
WeaversRs.2,000 About 54,000 handloom weavers get the assistance under Weaver Samman Yojana
6.TelanganaWhite ration cardholdersRs.1,500/familyCash will be provided along with 12kg rice/person
Migrant workers12kg rice and Rs.500/person Over 34,000 workers identified under GHMC received the much-needed aid
7.Gujarat Labourers, unorganised workers, construction workers, and house-helpsRs.1,000 for April 2020A total of Rs.650 crore package for 65 lakh families
State government employees and front-line staff, such as police personnel, health and sanitation workers, revenue and food supply department staff, and fair price shopkeepersRs.25 lakh If they contract COVID-19 while performing their duty and succumb to it
Gaushalas and cattle pondsRs.25/animal for April 2020Provided to all gaushalas and cattle ponds in the state
8.Andhra PradeshFishermen stuck in GujaratRs.2,000/person One-time assistance is given to each of the 6,000 fishermen stuck in Gujarat
Underprivileged peopleRs.1,000/familyFree ration and cash for the poor on account of lockdown
9.RajasthanFront-line health workersRs.50 lakh An insurance cover of Rs.50 lakh to the kin of front-line workers in the case of death due to COVID-19
10. KeralaFamilies who do not receive social security pensionRs.1,000 each 
Social security pension subscribersAdvance payment of pension amount for two months
State residentsRs.25 meals to be available at Rs.20 1,000 subsidised food stalls scheduled to start by September has started operations in April 
State residentsFood kits87 lakh families receive food kits comprising 16 items each, worth Rs.1,000, in a phased manner in April 2020 (includes essentials, such as wheat flour, rava, black channa, and sunflower oil among others)
Auto rickshaw and bus operators-Fitness fee for auto rickshaw will be relaxed, stage carriage and contract carriage in buses will be tax-deductible, and stage carriers will get a one-month exemption for three months’ tax
Businessmen and tradersDue date extensionDue date for renewal of license under the Kerala Money Lenders&quo; Act and the due date for submission of Audit Certificates is extended up to 31 May 2020
Businessmen and tradersDue date extensionDue date for online renewal of registration under the Kerala General Sales Tax is extended up to 31 May 2020
11.Madhya PradeshLabourers in the unorganised sectorRs.1,000/personThe assistance is provided through Sannirman Karmkar Mandal
Shariya, Baiga, and Bhariya tribal communitiesRs.2,000/familyProvided as an advance
Primary school studentsRs.155Since schools are closed and 65.91 lakh students do not get mid-day meals, this aid was announced
Middle-school studentsRs.232
FarmersUninterrupted supply of seeds and fertilizers-
12.Uttar Pradesh Daily wagers, including street vendors, auto drivers, e-rickshaw drivers, porters working in agricultural wholesale markets, and rickshaw pullersRs.1,000/personA total of 4,81,755 daily wagers get the benefit of the package
13.Punjab Domestic, commercial, and small power industrial consumers Electricity bill due date extensionDue date for consumers having monthly/bi-monthly electricity bills up to Rs.10,000 was extended from 20 March 2020 to 15 April 2020 without late payment fees
Stage and contract carriage vehicles100% exemption from motor vehicle taxThese vehicles are not allowed on roads during the lockdown.
Motor vehicle usersExtension in due date for motor vehicle tax paymentThe due date for all taxes payable under the Punjab Motor Vehicle Tax Act is extended until 30 April 2020
FarmersPenal interest on crop loan waived offPenal interest on crop loans have been waived off for March and April 2020
Construction workersRs.3,000Financial assistance is provided to the registered construction workers
Healthcare workersRs.4,000/familyRelief package is to help healthcare workers and PDMA cope with the pandemic
14.HaryanaConstruction workersRs.1,000/family/weekAbout 3,50,621 workers benefit from this relief package
Industrial consumersRebate of Rs.1,000 on electricity bills Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission offers a rebate of Rs.10,000 on fixed charges in the electricity bill for the month of March and April
15.BiharNeedy families that do or do not have ration cardsRs.1,000/familyIn the case of families that don’t have ration cards, they must be identified by self-help groups of ‘Jeevika’ in the state
#rowspan#Migrant workers, students, and other people returning to the stateRs.500 + reimbursement of train and other fares-
16.OdishaPoorer sections of the stateRs.1,00094 lakh beneficiaries under the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department get cash assistance
Construction workersRs.1,50022 lakh workers get the assistance
Street vendorsRs.3,00065,000 vendors across 114 urban local bodies get this financial aid
Underprivileged peopleRs.1,000Financial assistance is provided for 94 lakh families
Construction workersRs.1,500Relief package is provided as construction work is paused during the lockdown
Senior citizens, widows, physically challenged, and destituteFour months’ pension paid in advanceThose above 60 years of age get Rs.500/month as pension and those above 80 years get Rs.700/month
17.ChattisgarhSchool childrenRation instead of mid-day meals Rice and dal are supplied to school students for the holiday period
Staff of health department engaged in treating coronavirus infectionsSpecial allowanceSpecial allowance is provided as a gesture of goodwill for fighting the pandemic
Licence holders, permit holders, and property taxpayersExtension in due dateTime limit to renew licences and permits increased by a month in urban bodies; last date to pay property tax extended from 31 March 2020 to 30 April 2020
FarmersCompensation for cropsRs.10,000 per acre of paddy, Rs.13,000 per acre for maize, and Rs.10,000-Rs.15,000 per acre for sugarcane
18.Himachal PradeshConstruction workersRs.2,000 One-time relief fund for workers registered with Building and Construction Workers’ Board
Social security pension holders, including widows and disabled peopleRs.3,000The first quarter pension was released in the first week of April 2020
19.AssamPeople stranded in the other states of IndiaRs.2,000/person 99,758 people were identified to be eligible to receive the assistance
People stranded abroad$1,000/person/month34 Assamese people have received the assistance in two installments in March and April 2020
20.TripuraFinancially weak APL families, newspaper hawkersRs.1,000-
21.Meghalaya People stranded in other states of the country, i.e. workers, students, and professionalsRs.3,0001,617 people from the state are stranded elsewhere
Wage earners, daily labourers, and petty tradersRs.700/weekFinancial relief is provided as they are out of work during the lockdown
22.PuducherryRation cardholdersRs.2,000As compensation for the loss of livelihood
Construction workersRs.2,000
Unorganised labourersRs.1,000
23.GoaConstruction workersRs.4,000 The one-time relief is provided to workers registered construction workers
24.ManipurPeople stranded in other parts of the countryRs.2,000 Funds will be transferred to the beneficiary’s bank account directly
25.Arunachal PradeshPeople stranded in other parts of the countryRs.3,500/person-
FarmersRs.1,000/personThe relief is provided in addition to the funds distributed by the Centre to each farmer registered under the PM-KISAN scheme
26.Sikkim Labourers working in pharma companies working through the lockdown periodRs.30/dayDaily wages were set for the lockdown period
#rowspan#Sikkim police personnel, workers of health department and check posts, truck drivers, and safai karamcharis engaged in emergency duty during lockdown Rs.3,000/personOne-time lump sum incentive is provided to lift the morale of workers who are performing emergency duty during the crisis
Front-line workersInsuranceInsurance cover is provided to all front-line workers
27.NagalandStranded workers and professionalsRs.4,000 A total of 2,305 students, 7,380 working professionals, and 115 stranded patients are to receive the relief packages
Stranded studentsRs.3,000
COVID-19 patient stranded outside the state Rs.20,000

The funds in the CM’s COVID-19 Relief Fund is a collection of donations from the public. Many organisations have also been volunteering to provide necessary help for those in need. Irrespective of the funds released, help provided, and the relief packages announced, numerous people are still struggling to lead a normal daily life. Let us hope for the COVID-19 nightmare to end soon.

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