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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:

Sl. No.

State Affected

Beneficiary of Relief Package

Relief Provided

Other Details

1.

Maharashtra

Construction Workers

Rs.2,000/worker

Relief paid to workers registered with the Maharashtra Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board

2.

New Delhi

Drivers of passenger-carrying vehicles

Rs.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 nurses

Rs.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 state

Financial aid

4. 

Tamil Nadu

Low-income groups, agricultural labourers, senior citizens, auto-rickshaw drivers, construction workers, and daily wagers

Rs.1,000

A relief package of Rs.3,280 crore has been announced

5.

Karnataka

Washermen, barbers, auto-rickshaw drivers, and taxi drivers

Rs.5,000

One-time compensation 

Flower growers

Rs.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 labourers

Additional Rs.3,000

Assistance of Rs.2,000 was already provided; additional assistance of Rs.3,000 will be distributed again

Weavers

Rs.2,000

About 54,000 handloom weavers get the assistance under Weaver Samman Yojana

6.

Telangana

White ration cardholders

Rs.1,500/family

Cash will be provided along with 12kg rice/person

Migrant workers

12kg 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-helps

Rs.1,000 for April 2020

A 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 shopkeepers

Rs.25 lakh

If they contract COVID-19 while performing their duty and succumb to it

Gaushalas and cattle ponds

Rs.25/animal for April 2020

Provided to all gaushalas and cattle ponds in the state

8.

Andhra Pradesh

Fishermen stuck in Gujarat

Rs.2,000/person

One-time assistance is given to each of the 6,000 fishermen stuck in Gujarat

Underprivileged people

Rs.1,000/family

Free ration and cash for the poor on account of lockdown

9.

Rajasthan

Front-line health workers

Rs.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. 

Kerala

Families who do not receive social security pension

Rs.1,000 each

 

Social security pension subscribers

Advance payment of pension amount for two months

 

State residents

Rs.25 meals to be available at Rs.20

1,000 subsidised food stalls scheduled to start by September has started operations in April 

State residents

Food kits

87 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 traders

Due date extension

Due 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 traders

Due date extension

Due date for online renewal of registration under the Kerala General Sales Tax is extended up to 31 May 2020

11.

Madhya Pradesh

Labourers in the unorganised sector

Rs.1,000/person

The assistance is provided through Sannirman Karmkar Mandal

Shariya, Baiga, and Bhariya tribal communities

Rs.2,000/family

Provided as an advance

Primary school students

Rs.155

Since schools are closed and 65.91 lakh students do not get mid-day meals, this aid was announced

Middle-school students

Rs.232

Farmers

Uninterrupted 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 pullers

Rs.1,000/person

A 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 extension

Due 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 abd contract carriage vehicles

100% exemption from motor vehicle tax

These vehicles are not allowed on roads during the lockdown.

Motor vehicle users

Extension in due date for motor vehicle tax payment

The due date for all taxes payable under the Punjab Motor Vehicle Tax Act is extended until 30 April 2020

Farmers

Penal interest on crop loan waived off

Penal interest on crop loans have been waived off for March and April 2020

Construction workers

Rs.3,000

Financial assistance is provided to the registered construction workers

Healthcare workers

Rs.4,000/family

Relief package is to help healthcare workers and PDMA cope with the pandemic

14.

Haryana

Construction workers

Rs.1,000/family/week

About 3,50,621 workers benefit from this relief package

Industrial consumers

Rebate 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.

Bihar

Needy families that do or do not have ration cards

Rs.1,000/family

In the case of families that don’t have ration cards, they must be identified by self-help groups of ‘Jeevika’ in the state

Migrant workers, students, and other people returning to the state

Rs.500 + reimbursement of train and other fares

16.

Odisha

Poorer sections of the state

Rs.1,000

94 lakh beneficiaries under the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department get cash assistance

Construction workers

Rs.1,500

22 lakh workers get the assistance

Street vendors

Rs.3,000

65,000 vendors across 114 urban local bodies get this financial aid

Underprivileged people

Rs.1,000

Financial assistance is provided for 94 lakh families

Construction workers

Rs.1,500

Relief package is provided as construction work is paused during the lockdown

Senior citizens, widows, physically challenged, and destitute

Four months’ pension paid in advance

Those above 60 years of age get Rs.500/month as pension and those above 80 years get Rs.700/month

17.

Chattisgarh

School children

Ration 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 infections

Special allowance

Special allowance is provided as a gesture of goodwill for fighting the pandemic

Licence holders, permit holders, and property taxpayers

Extension in due date

Time 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

Farmers

Compensation for crops

Rs.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 Pradesh

Construction workers

Rs.2,000

One-time relief fund for workers registered with Building and Construction Workers’ Board

Social security pension holders, including widows and disabled people

Rs.3,000

The first quarter pension was released in the first week of April 2020

19.

Assam

People stranded in the other states of India

Rs.2,000/person

99,758 people were identified to be eligible to receive the assistance

People stranded abroad

$1,000/person/month

34 Assamese people have received the assistance in two installments in March and April 2020

20.

Tripura

Financially weak APL families, newspaper hawkers

Rs.1,000

21.

Meghalaya

People stranded in other states of the country, i.e. workers, students, and professionals

Rs.3,000

1,617 people from the state are stranded elsewhere

Wage earners, daily labourers, and petty traders

Rs.700/week

Financial relief is provided as they are out of work during the lockdown

22.

Puducherry

Ration cardholders

Rs.2,000

As compensation for the loss of livelihood

Construction workers

Rs.2,000

Unorganised labourers

Rs.1,000

23.

Goa

Construction workers

Rs.4,000

The one-time relief is provided to workers registered construction workers

24.

Manipur

People stranded in other parts of the country

Rs.2,000

Funds will be transferred to the beneficiary’s bank account directly

25.

Arunachal Pradesh

People stranded in other parts of the country

Rs.3,500/person

Farmers

Rs.1,000/person

The 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 period

Rs.30/day

Daily wages were set for the lockdown period

Sikkim police personnel, workers of health department and check posts, truck drivers, and safai karamcharis engaged in emergency duty during lockdown 

Rs.3,000/person

One-time lump sum incentive is provided to lift the morale of workers who are performing emergency duty during the crisis

Front-line workers

Insurance

Insurance cover is provided to all front-line workers

27.

Nagaland

Stranded workers and professionals

Rs.4,000

A total of 2,305 students, 7,380 working professionals, and 115 stranded patients are to receive the relief packages

Stranded students

Rs.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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