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    ‘No One Will Go Hungry’: Centre Announces Rs 1.7 Lakh Crore Relief Package For Poor

    80 crore people under the food scheme will get 5 kg of wheat/rice for free: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed a total of 21,305 lives globally, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26th, 2020, while announcing a package of Rs 1.7 crore said that ‘no one will go hungry’ in the nation.

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    “A Rs 1.7 crore package is ready for the poor who need immediate help like migrant workers and urban and rural poor. No one will go hungry,” the Finance Minister said.

    She further said that 80 crore people under the ‘Pradhan mantra Gareeb Kalyan Ana Yojana (food scheme)’ will get 5 kg of wheat/rice for free in addition to what they are already getting. “We will also give one kg of one choice of pulse to each household under this scheme for the next three months. They can take it in two instalments also,” she added.

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    Moreover, she said that poor senior citizens, widows and ‘divyangs’ to receive Rs 1,000 over the next three months.

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