New Delhi: While addressing the nation on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that up to 80 crores poor Indians will receive free rations till Diwali as a part of the extended Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
PM Modi said that this scheme aims to ensure that no one should sleep hungry during this pandemic. The government has made sure that over 80 crore of our population gets ration till November.
Last year in October, it was announced that a free ration worth about ₹ 1.5 lakh crore was being provided to about 80 crore poor people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also strongly defended his government’s vaccination policy and announced that the Centre would take back control of vaccination from states and provide free vaccines to all over the country in the next two weeks.
India continues to improve its Covid count by recording 1.06 lakh cases on Monday, a drop of 12 percent from Sunday’s 1.14 lakh infections- the lowest in two months. The country’s covid tally now stands at the 2.89 crore mark.
India has been reporting a positivity rate below 10 percent for 14 consecutive days now with the current rate dropped to 6.33 percent.
Several states have announced cautious steps towards the unlocking phase after over a month following a dip in Covid cases. Some states like Haryana Sikkim and Uttarakhand have announced that their Covid lockdowns will continue till June 14.