NEW DELHI: BJP on Thursday welcomed the announcement of Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package for the poor in view of the lockdown due to coronavirus spread, saying the decision reflects the commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that no one is left hungry in the country.
“The package will help the poor, farmers and other needy sections of the society when the nation is on a 21-day lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic,” said BJP president J P Nadda in a statement, adding, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a ‘huge relief’ for the poor in this hour of crisi s.”
Home minister Amit Shah said the announcement shows the sensitivity of the government towards the poor and other vulnerable sections of society.
In his tweets, Nadda noted that over 80 crore poor people will get an additional five kg each of wheat and rice besides one kg of pulses for three months to ensure that everyone gets adequate amount of food.
Farmers, daily wagers, poor women, people with disabilities and senior citizens will also get monetary relief through direct benefit transfer, he said. “O n behalf of every BJP worker, I thank the PM for this relief to the poor, farmers, women, youth, senior citizens and the organised sector for such important decisions and this relief package,” he said.
Nadda also hailed the government’s announcement of insurance of health professionals and the decision to give free LPG cylinders under the ‘Ujjwala’ scheme for three months.
B JP general secretary Bhupender Yadav said the government stands with the poor as well as other segments of the population and is committed to the country getting over this coronavirus epidemic.