Published On: Thu, May 14th, 2020

FM announces free foodgrains for 8 cr migrant workers for 2 months

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced free foodgrains for an estimated 8 crore migrant workers for next two months at a cost of Rs 3,500 crore.

FM Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday briefing the media in New Delhi.

Announcing the second tranche of economic stimulus package, she said 8 crore migrant workers who do not have either central or state PDS card, will get 5 kilogram of grains per person and 1 kilogram of ”chana” for two months.

Also, PDS ration cards will be made portable, allowing migrant workers to use their ration cards across states, she said adding this would benefit 67 crore beneficiaries or 83 per cent of PDS beneficiaries, in 23 states by August.

By March 2021, 100 per cent coverage under ”One Nation One Ration Card” will be done, she added.

PTI

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