Comprehensive booklet on Centre’s COVID-19 relief measures

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COVID-19 Relief Measures Booklet by Azim Premji University

COVID-19 Relief Measures Booklet by Azim Premji University

The Azim Premji University in Bengaluru has put together a booklet CovidReliefSchemes_Centre_V3_6April.pdf listing all major announcements that the Government has made so far in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

The online booklet is an attempt to create awareness about relief measures, especially for the volunteers, grass-root workers and activists working across the country.

Created by a group of both faculty and students at the APU, it collates all the information in an easily comprehensible format.

Giving details of the PM Gareeb Kalyan scheme that was announced on March 26, the booklet says the scheme worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore is divided into two parts- cash transfer and food security for the poor and underprivileged.

Ration Card Holders: In addition to regular ration, the scheme entitles each family to an extra 5 kg food grains and 1 kg of pulses per person for the months April to June. This will help 23 crore-ration cardholders under the Targeted Public Distribution system

Farmers: Under PM Kisan scheme, the first instalment of Rs 2,000 was transferred to the accounts of 86.9 million farmers in the first week of April. The scheme provides Rs 6,000 per year to eligible farmers

MGNREGA workers: Regular wages hiked from Rs 182 per day to Rs 202 per day for the 5 crore MGNREGA beneficiaries. The hike in wage is expected to give an additional income of Rs 2,000 per worker

Workers: No termination of employment or salary reduction of contractual and casual working in the public or private sector. States to ensure that workers are not fired or paid less during the lockdown

BPL Households: Beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana to get three gas cylinders for free of cost between April and June 2020.

Health Professionals: Rupees 50 lakh health insurance cover to frontline health workers in Central, State government health centres. These include sanitation staff, ASHA workers, ward boys, nurses, paramedics, technicians, doctors and specialists.

Women: Women with bank accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Scheme will get Rs 500 per month. The allowance will be paid from April to June 2020. Women Self Help Groups under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Scheme can borrow loans up to Rs 20 lakhs without collateral.

Pensioners, Divyang & Widows: Besides three month’s advance pension, beneficiaries under the National Social Assistance Program (NSAP) will also get Rs 1000 from the Central government. The allowance will be paid in two instalments from April-June.

Central schemes listed for construction workers include a welfare fund for Building and Other Constructions Workers (BoCW) under a Central Government Act.

State governments have been directed to use the BoCW cess funds to aid workers in the construction sector. Around 3.5 crore workers registered with the fund will benefit.

Workers in the Organised Sector

EPF Contribution: The government will pay for both the employer and employee contribution to EPF accounts (total 24%) for the next three months (April-June 2020).

The move will benefit EPFO subscribers from establishments with:

(i) up to 100 employees, and

(ii) 90% of employees earning less than Rs 15,000 per month

EPF Advance: EPF account holders are allowed to take a non-refundable advance, which can be up to 75% of their EPF balance or three months of wages, whichever is lower, from their EPF accounts

Migrant Workers

Relief Camps: More than 21,000 relief camps are being set up by various State Governments and UTs to help migrant workers stranded due to the lockdown.

Rent Relief: The government has instructed landlords not to demand rent for one month. This is aimed at benefiting migrant workers living in rented accommodation

Meals under DAY-NULM (Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission): All States/UTs are directed to provide three meals a day, free of cost, in DAY-NULM shelters

The APU is now working to put together similar booklets listing measures announced by state governments. They are also in the process of translating these booklets in regional languages to increase accessibility