"We have come with a package that will immediately help those affected directly, those migrants workers, urban and rural poor".
The finance minister said that the cash transfer will be through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). We will be giving enough to take care of requirement of grains.
Further, the District Mineral Fund will also be utilised to augment medical testing, screening and other requirements to fight coronavirus and preventing the spread of the virus.
80 crore individuals, i.e, roughly two-thirds of India's population would be covered under this scheme.
"Under Pradhanmantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 5 kg rice or wheat will be given for free for the next three months".
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi backed the Rs 1.7 lakh crore stimulus package announced by the Modi government saying it was the "first step in the right direction".
Farmers will get the first instalment of the PM-KISAN payment of Rs 2,000 soon. These beneficiaries will get free cylinders for three months in view of the disruption the coronavirus lockdown will cause. In addition to rice or wheat, each household will get 1 kg of preferred dal for free for the next three months. MNREGA wages will be increased to Rs 202 a day from Rs 182 to benefit 5 crore families with an expected wage increase of about Rs 2,000 per worker.
For poor widows and the aged, an ex-gratia transfer of Rs 1,000 will be done for the next three months, in two instalments.
For women with Jan Dhan Yojana accounts, an ex-gratia transfer of Rs 500 will be done for the next three months.
Any health professional who while treating Covid-19 patients or meets with some accident, then he/she would be compensated with an amount of Rs 50 lakh under the scheme. This is applicable for those establishments which have up to 100 employees and 90% of them earn less that ₹15,000.
Families of four crore workers registered under EPF can take benefit of this window.
She said the government will contribute 12% from the employee and employer side to the PF, for firms having less than 100 employees.
The union finance minister also mentioned that farmers, widows, pensioners, disabled, organized sector workers through EPFO, construction workers, self-help groups, these will get the benefits during the current scenario.