PM Modi announces free rations for 80 crore people till November


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addresses the nation amid coronavirus outbreak. This address will be his sixth address to the nation since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement came after Indian government banned 59 mobile applications, including top social media platforms such as TikTok, Helo and WeChat to counter threat posed by these applications to country’s “sovereignty and security.”

The Union ministry of home affairs also extended the lockdown in the containment zones till July 31. Fresh guidelines for Unlock 2.0 were issued. Schools, colleges, cinema halls, gyms will remain shut to curb the spread of the virus.

India’s armed forces have given a befitting reply to those who have threatened its territorial integrity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday during the monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat.

More than Rs 90,000 crore will be spent in the expansion of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. And if you add the expenses of the last three months to it, then it becomes almost Rs 1.5 lakh crore, Modi said.

PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojna extended till November end; 80 crore people to get free ration for five more months, PM Modi said.

Under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, we announced a package of Rs. 1.75 lakh crore. In the last 3 months, 31,000 crore deposited in bank accounts of 20 crore poor families. Also, 18,000 crore deposited in bank accounts of more than 9 crore farmers, he added.

He said, PM Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till the end of November, extension to cost over 90 thousand crore.

He urged the people of the country to keep following social distancing and other Covid-19 protocols as the country enters in the phase of relaxations, called Unlock 2.

“It’s correct that India is in a much better position in terms of Covid-19 fatality rate. And that has happened because we implemented the lockdown at the right time. But since Unlock 1 started, we have been careless. We were maintaining social distance, wearing masks and washing hands to more than 20 seconds when the lockdown was in place,” PM Modi said in his address to the nation.

“But today, when we need these things more than anything, we have not been following these protocols,” he added.

“The state governments, local administration and citizens again have to show similar caution. We need to have a special focus on containment zones. If you see someone flouting norms, tell them to not do so,” PM Modi said.

This is the prime minister’s sixth address to the nation since the pandemic began in March this year. He had first announced a Janta Curfew as a means to practice social distancing to fight the coronavirus pandemic.


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