Women to get Rs 500 monthly under PM Jan Dhan YojanaWomen that have an account under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), can withdraw Rs 500 for the next 3 months to help with expenses during the 21-day coronavirus lockdown. The remittance will be granted under the scheme between April 3 and April 9. They will receive the money in their bank accounts according to the last digit of their Jan Dhan account numbers. The account numbers that end with 0 or 1 will receive money on April 3, those with 2 or 3 as last digits will get it on April 4. Then, account holders with 4 or 5 as the last digits will get the remittance on April 7. The money will be deposited in account numbers ending with 6 or 7 on April 8. Account numbers with 8 or 9 as their last digit will receive the remittance on April 9. After April 9, the beneficiaries may go to the branch or BC on any date as per normal banking hours. Banks may accordingly phase out the credit to beneficiary accounts. Beneficiaries can also opt for withdrawing this money from their nearest ATMs. The banks have also stated that the beneficiaries can withdraw the money any time when required and not just when it is credited. For more details on PM Jan Dhan Yojana, click here.
Free testing and treatment for Ayushman Bharat Yojana beneficiaries in designated private hospitals across India
The Central government has decided to provide free testing and treatment of Coronavirus under the Ayushman Bharat Yojana. This, it notes, will help more than 50 crore Ayushman beneficiaries to avail free testing and treatment in designated private hospitals across India. The empaneled hospitals can use their own authorised testing facilities or tie up with an authorised testing facility for the scheme. These tests would be carried out as per the protocol set by Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) and by private labs approved/registered by the ICMR. Similarly, treatment of COVID-19 by private hospitals will be covered under AB-PMJAY. The objective of the decision was to increase the supply of testing and treatment facilities and increase access by roping in the private sector through AB-PMJAY scheme as per the ICMR guidelines. For more details on Ayushman Bharat Yojana, click here.
Relief package from Finance Minister under PM Gareeb Kalyan YojanaThe Indian Government spearheaded by Narendra Modi has announced, amidst a vast majority of confused masses, a financial stimulus package worth ₹1.7 Lakh Crore (around $22 Billion). This scheme comes to distressed masses under the title, Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana.
- The finance minister announced ₹50 lakh per person Medical insurance cover to those working in the medical field, who are on the line of fire, tending to those who need their services the most right now. In appreciation of their efforts, she said, “They are being called Gods in white costume.” This cover aims to target over 2 million medical personnel in the country.
- ₹1000 would be given to 300 million poor senior citizens, poor widows and poor disabled, for whose sustenance is a major issue.
- Women self-help groups: 6.3 million groups will get collateral-free loans and the amount would be doubled from ₹10 lakh to ₹20 lakhs.
- Firms with over 100 employees (if 90% of the staff earns less than ₹15000 a month) the government will look after the provident fund contribution of the company for the next three months.
- Employee Provident Fund Scheme will allow the non-fundable advance to 7% existing corpus or three month’s wages (whichever is lower).
- Welfare fund for construction workers will send forth state governments to help these out-of-work workers.