"Keeping in mind all the festivals that are coming up in the next few months, this scheme to provide 80 crore people with 5 kg free ration and 1 kg dal per month will now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja, or till the end of November," PM Modi said in an address to the nation.
Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan welcomes the government's move to extend the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Scheme.
Extension of Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana till Diwali and Chhath Puja will entail an additional cost of ₹90,000 crore and will provide much-needed assistance to millions of people during the time of festivals.#ModiCARES4Poor— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) June 30, 2020
"Welfare of people is of primary concern to PM @narendramodi. Even with the Chinese border intimidation looming large, PM Modi continues to work for the most downtrodden extending the #PMGaribKalyanAnnaYojana. A noteworthy and compassionate gesture," says Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu.
Welfare of people is of primary concern to PM @narendramodi. Even with the Chinese border intimidation looming large, PM Modi continues to work for the most downtrodden extending the #PMGaribKalyanAnnaYojana. A noteworthy and compassionate gesture. #ModiCares4Poor pic.twitter.com/Uyfqatlfza— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) June 30, 2020
Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill took to Twitter to question the prime minister for his failure to address the issues of coronavirus and India's standoff with China. He wrote:
"PM Modi failed to share Govt’s action plan to tackle 2Cs-Corona & China; Need of hour was to announce:
1.Deadline for China Eviction
2.Wage Package for 6.5Cr MSME
4.₹7500 direct transfer
5.Plan to lower India’s ranking from 4 in terms of #COVID19 cases"
PM Modi failed to share Govt’s action plan to tackle 2Cs-Corona & China; Need of hour was to announce:— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) June 30, 2020
1.Deadline for China Eviction
2.Wage Package for 6.5Cr MSME
4.₹7500 direct transfer
5.Plan to lower India’s ranking from 4 in terms of #COVID19 cases
BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda also expressed his gratitude towards the government for extending the food scheme till Chhat Puja.
आदरणीय प्रधानमंत्री श्री @NarendraModi जी ने बहुत ही सजगता और समवेदनशीलता के साथ कोरोना महामारी में देश का नेतृत्व का किया है। इसी दिशा में आगे बढ़ते हुए आज प्रधानमंत्री जी ने जरूरतमंद परिवारों के लिए फ्री अनाज की व्यवस्था को अगले पाँच माह के लिए बढ़ा दिया है। #ModiCARES4Poor— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) June 30, 2020
Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju says, "Thank you PM @narendramodi ji.80 crore people will be provided Free ration till November. One nation - one ration card; #ModiCares4Poor"
"With the extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November, more than 80 crore beneficiaries will get relief from the expenses incurred in the coming agriculture and festival season. On this, the government will bear the total expenditure of Rs 1.5 lakh crore by adding the last 3 months with the expenditure of 90 thousand crore," he says. (2/2)
Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan thanks the government for the extension of PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till November. (1/2)
प्रधानमंत्री गरीब कल्याण अन्न योजना #PMGKAY को नवंबर 2020 तक 5 महीने और बढ़ाने के लिए मैं प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी को हृदय से धन्यवाद देता हूं। इससे संकट की इस घड़ी में 80 करोड़ से अधिक गरीबों को बड़ी राहत मिलेगी।— Ram Vilas Paswan (@irvpaswan) June 30, 2020
PM Modi also thanked the tax payers saying, "You have faithfully filled taxes, fulfilled your obligation, so today the poor of the country is able to cope with such a big crisis. I would like to greet every farmer, every taxpayer of the country very heartily, along with every poor person. I bow to them."
'One Nation, One Ration Card' | "We are planning to bring 'One Nation, One Ration Card'. Now a ration card is also being arranged for the whole of India. The biggest benefit of this will be to those poor colleagues who leave their village and go elsewhere for employment or other needs," announces PM Modi.
PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana Extended Till Chhat Puja | "We have more work during and after the rainy season, mainly in the agriculture sector. There is a slight slowness in other sectors. gradually, the atmosphere of festivals starts to build from July. This time of festivals also increases the needs, the expenses also. Keeping all these things in mind, it has been decided that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana should now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja, that is, by the end of November," says PM Modi.
"During the lockdown, the top priority of the country was that such a situation does not happen that the stove is not burnt in the house of a poor person. Be it central government, state governments, civil society people, everyone has made every effort that none of our poor brothers and sisters should go hungry in such a big country," he says.
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The new guidelines that will come into effect from July 1 are based on feedback received from states and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related central ministries and departments.
Cong Leader Rahul Gandhi Releases Video Message | Ahead of PM Modi’s address to the nation, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi released a video asking PM Modi to consider the implementation of Nyay scheme to ease the sufferings of the migrant workers and the poor. Gandhi said that the Congress had outlined many suggestions and urged the PM to accept the same in the interest of the country.
उम्मीद है देश हित में इन सुझावों को PM ज़रूर मानेंगे।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 30, 2020
यही सच्ची देश सेवा भी है और राष्ट्र भक्ती भी। pic.twitter.com/kQc2hgol0S
‘Vaccination Need of the Hour’ | Prime Minister noted that vaccination of India’s vast and diverse population will need to factor in issues including those related to management of medical supply chains, prioritization of at-risk populations, coordination between different agencies involved in the process, as well as the role of private sector and civil society in this national endeavour.
At the high-level meeting, the current status of Indian and global vaccine development efforts was also reviewed. Prime Minister Modi emphasized on India’s responsibility and commitment to the global community to play an enabling role in global vaccination efforts against Covid-19, news agency ANI reported.
PM Modi Chairs High-level Meeting | Earlier today, PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparations being undertaken for vaccination against Covid-19 as and when a vaccine is available. The prime minister directed officials to evaluate various technology tools to ensure efficient and timely vaccination in due course of time.
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparations being undertaken for vaccination against #COVID19, as and when a vaccine is available. pic.twitter.com/HaAOIKX2wp— ANI (@ANI) June 30, 2020
Centre Releases Unlock 2.0 Guidelines | Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address is likely to touch upon the Unlock 2.0 guidelines amid rising number of Covid-19 cases. Adopting a cautious approach, the Union government in its ‘Unlock Phase 2’ has refused to give further relaxations in major sectors that remain closed. Schools, colleges, educational institutions, cinemas, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places, and even metro services will continue to remain shut until July 31, the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday said. Similarly, social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations will continue to be disallowed. Read the full story here.
‘Curb Covid-19 Spread During 'Unlock' Period’: PM Modi in 'Mann Ki baat'| Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly programme 'Mann Ki baat' stressed on the need for carefulness to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and urged the citizens to be more vigilant during the 'unlock' period. "During this unlock period, one will have to focus deeply on two points -- defeating corona and strengthening the economy and bolstering it,"said Modi.
PM Modi's 6th Address Since Covid-19 Outbreak | Notably, this would be the prime minister's sixth address to the nation since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The prime minister had last addressed the nation on May 12 when he had announced a Rs 20-lakh-crore stimulus package to help boost the economy that was reemerging from the lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.
In his monthly "Mann ki Baat" address on Sunday, PM Modi had asserted that India has given a befitting reply to those who cast an evil eye on its territory in Ladakh. “India knows how to maintain friendship but also look our enemy in the eye and retaliate if the need arises. Our brave soldiers have proved that they will not let any harm come on their motherland,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during his televised address on Tuesday.
The PM also said negligence in social and personal behaviour seen during 'Unlock 1' was cause for concern at a time it was even more critical to take precautions against coronavirus. "Earlier, we were careful about masks, do gaj doori and washing our hands. We were very careful. But now, when we need to be more cautious, increasing carelessness is cause for concern. People have to become cautious again, especially in containment zones," PM Modi said.
This was Modi's sixth such televised address since the outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. His address came amid a surge in coronavirus cases that has shown little sign of slowing down.
Hours before the address, Prime Minister Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the planning and preparations for vaccination against Covid-19. In the meeting, the PM noted that vaccination of India’s vast and diverse population will need to factor in issues including those related to management of medical supply chains, prioritization of at-risk populations, coordination between different agencies involved in the process, as well as the role of private sector and civil society in this national endeavour.
PM Modi's address comes ALSO against the backdrop of a bitter standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh where 20 Indian army personnel were killed in clashes on June 15 in Galwan Valley. In his monthly "Mann ki Baat" address on Sunday, Modi had asserted that India has given a befitting reply to those who cast an evil eye on its territory in Ladakh. “Bharat mitrata nibhana jaanta hai, toh, aankh mein aankh dalkar dekhna aur uchit jawab dena bhi janta hai. Hamare veer sainikon ne dikha dia ke vo Maa Bharti ke gaurav par aanch nahi aane denge (India knows how to maintain friendship but also look our enemy in the eye and retaliate if the need arises. Our brave soldiers have proved that they willnot let any harm come on their motherland),” he said.
India and China have been attempting to defuse the border row after 20 Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in a clash with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on June 15, the biggest military confrontation in over five decades that has significantly escalated the already volatile border standoff in the region. Sources peg the number of casualties on the Chinese side at 43. At present, the third round of Corps Commander-level talks between the two sides are on in Chushul on the Indian side.
As India deals with its neighbours one hand, the coronavirus pandemic on the other refuses to relent. With 18,522 people testing positive for coronavirus in a single day, India's COVID-19 tally climbed to 5,66,840 on Tuesday while the death toll rose to 16,893 with 418 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country will also be entering "Unlock 2" from July 1 for which guidelines were issued by the Union Home Ministry on Monday night, further easing the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus lockdown.
In his Mann ki Baat address, PM Modi had urged the people to be more vigilant in the unlock phase and take necessary precautions, stressing not doing so will put at risk their lives and those of others. In his recent interaction with chief ministers, Modi had urged them to think about phase 2 of unlocking to boost the economy hit by the pandemic and the lockdown.
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