Assistance of ₹ 3950 crores to Gujarat under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna
Taking into consideration the current turn of events in India due to COVID-19, Government of India has announced the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package to ensure the welfare and well being of citizens amidst the global pandemic. Under this, a sum of ₹ 3950 crores has been allocated to Gujarat.
Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Vijay Rupani has also announced Mukhyamantri Garib Kalyan Package worth ₹ 2259 crores.
As a result , the poor, middle class, and all those eligible under various schemes will be able to avail assistance worth a whooping ₹ 6209 crores amidst the pandemic.
Secretary to CM Mr. Ashwani Kumar provided details of the various benefits to Gujarat under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package which are as under:
- Beneficiaries of PM Kisan Yojana to get the first instalment of ₹ 2000 in the first week of April. 47,81,426 farmers will avail assistance of ₹ 956.28 crores under this.
- 5 kg of additional grains per person and 1 kg of additional pulses per family per month will be provided for a period of three months under Public Distribution Scheme. This stock will be an added one for the ration card holders in addition to the one they get already. 68 lakh card holders in Gujarat will reap benefits of this at an expense of Rs.1182 crores.
- Ex-gratia amount of ₹ 1000 will be provided in 2 phases to women , girls and divyangs for three months.5.80 lakh eligible senior citizens, 10,7000 eligible divyangs and 97,437 eligible women and girls will benefit through this at an expenditure of ₹ 78.44 crores.
- Women with a Jan Dhan Bank account will receive ₹ 500 for three months as an ex-gratia grant. 74 lakh women of Gujarat will receive benefits worth ₹ 1,110 crores under this.
- Beneficiaries of Ujjwala Yojana will avail gas cylinders free of cost for the coming three months. 28 lakh women of Gujarat will reap benefits worth ₹ 630 crores under this.
- The loan being extended to women SHGs has been doubled to ₹ 20 lakhs. 2.27 women run SHGs in Gujarat will benefit through this.
- Government of India will bear EPF of 24% i.e 12%+12% on behalf of employees and employers for all those organisations with a team strength of under 100 and 90% of its employees having a monthly remuneration under ₹ 15,000.
Details of Mukhyamantri Garib Kalyan Package are as under:
- 40 lakh NFSA card holders and 3.40 lakh BPL card holders will avail 5 kg food grains per person and , 1 kg pulses , 1 kg sugar and 1 kg salt per card for April, 2020 free of cost. GOG will bear an additional burden of ₹ 150 crores for the same.
- 61 lakh non-NFSA APL-1 card holders will avail 10 kg wheat, 3 kg rice, 1 kg sugar and 1 kg pulse free of cost for April, 2020. Additional burden of ₹ 275 crores on state government.
- Those without a shelter and those without a ration card will avail 5 kg food grains per person and 1 kg pulses,1 kg salt and 1 kg sugar per card under Anna Bhrama Yojana. A survey has been done to identify such people. 4.26 lakh people have been identified and food is being distributed to them free of cost.
- Assistance of ₹1000 per family for 68.80 lakh labourer families through DBT. GOG will bear an additional burden of ₹ 688 crores.
- GOI and RBI have extended the short term loan payment term by three months for farmers in Gujarat. GOG will bear 100% interest, i.e 7% interest, on behalf of farmers during the said period. Additional burden of ₹ 250 crores to GOG.
- The deadline to pay electricity bills for March and April has been extended to 15th May, 2020 without levying any additional dues. In addition to that, electricity departments will not bill the fixed charge for April, 2020 for industrial and trading units. As a result, electricity departments will bear an additional burden of ₹ 450 crores.
- An advance payment of ₹ 221 crores as monthly pension to 9 lakh 30 thousand pensioners, 4,43,437 women and girls, and 40,357 beneficiaries under Divyang Pension Yojana.
- Benefits of Mid-day Meal scheme are now provided as cash benefits due to lockdown. 51,72, 288 students availed assistance of ₹ 62.10 crores under this.
- Take home ration is provided to 15.70 lakh children between 3 to 6 years at their home at present. State government will bear an additional burden of ₹ 35 crores for the same.
- 1500 per child has been provided to 36,000 beneficiaries of Adarsh Nivasi Shalas, Ashram Shalas and Child Protection homes under Department of Social Justice and Empowerment. A sum of ₹ 5.40 crores has been spent for the same.
- 1,71,836 beneficiaries of Nivasi Girls Schools under Department fo Tribal Development will get ₹ 1500 as monthly expenses . Rs.25.78 crores has been spent by GOG for the same.
- Insurance cover of ₹ 50 lakh by GOI to all health workers engaged in curbing COVID-19.
- Ex-gratia grant of ₹ 25 lakhs by GOG to all those engaged in curbing COVID-19. These include police personnel, employees of revenue department and department of food and civil supplies, all government employees engaged in curbing COVID-19, health and sanitation workers, and fire servicemen.
- ₹ 25 per day per livestock for 4.5 lakh livestocks in Gaushalas and Panjrapols. Expenditure of ₹ 24 crores for the same.
- 5 lakh aged and helpless and 29657 divyang beneficiaries will receive assistance of ₹ 1000 in two instalments. Expenditure of ₹ 37.96 crores for the same.
- 46 lakh non-BPL women and girls will receive assistance of ₹ 1000 as ex-gratia grant in 2 phases. Expenditure of ₹ 34.60 crores for the same.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat