Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana will be extended throughout India till Diwali. The Prime Minister said that the government will be providing free ration to nearly 80 crore people.
Addressing the nation today PM Modi said the extension of the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana will incur an expenditure of Rs 90,000 crore. The scheme will be extended till November.
He also said that the people of the country showed a little carelessness and negligence when the country announced relaxations in the first phase, after over two month-long Covid-19 lockdown.
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.
In his address to the nation, he said, "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."
"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.
The containment zones will continue to have tight curbs till July 31, said Modi.