Nirmala Sitharaman spoke on Migrant worker, small farmer, street vendor crisis answered; PMAY scheme extended etc.
The government has finally taken up steps to resolve the pain of migrant workers, small farmers, and street vendors with the second round of measures largely focusing on providing work and benefits for the poor. The government introduced one nation one ration card, through which people can buy ration at any ration depot in the country, to help the poor. Along with an increase in wage rate from Rs 182 to Rs 202, announced earlier, it was also announced that migrant workers will now get work in their own states under MNREGA as more opportunities have been created. Street vendors were also tended to as the government announced a special credit facility of Rs 5,000 crore for them. To be launched within a month, the scheme will help 50 lakh street vendors, providing them with an initial working capital of Rs 10,000. To strengthen the farm sector, nearly Rs 2 lakh crore will be given to farmers through Kisan credit cards. 2.5 crore farmers, including fishermen and animal husbandry farmers, will also get institutional credit at a concessional rate, Sitharaman said. Government’s efforts to change labour laws, along with its effort to make minimum wages applicable to all workers were also highlighted. On Tuesday the Prime Minister had said that the government is rolling out a Rs 20 lakh crore economic package to help thwart the fallout of coronavirus and lockdown, and also to help make India a self-reliant economy.
Government is acknowledging that more needs to be done for the migrants
It is good to see that government is acknowledging that more needs to be done for the migrants, workers, street vendors, and another marginalized segment of our population. This crisis has pointed out glaring shortcomings in not only understanding their needs and their roles in nation-building but also something more basic – complete lack of data. So, announcements about defining and registering these workers will help in the future. But, like this, many other announcements today are welcome reforms, but those will take long time to fruition – Partha Chatterjee, Dean, International Partnerships, Professor and Head of the Economics Department, Shiv Nadar University.
2 lakh cr loan to the Indian farmers is a big relief to the sector
The government has rightfully identified the agricultural sector as one of most impacted and the 2 lakh Cr loan to the Indian farmers is a big relief to the sector. As India moves towards a new economic revival with the spirit of self-reliance infused by Hon’ble PM, the agricultural sector has to be rapidly modernised and digitalised to have a supply chain continuity going on the face of any future crisis – Amith Agarwal, Co-Founder & CEO, AgriBazaar
Weak to flat opening tomorrow
The key takeaways from the second round of stimulus are more labour driven for the migrant workers, markets are still awaiting some reforms for the corporate and consumers to benefit from the stimulus. We expect a weak to flat opening tomorrow – Vikas Jain, Senior Research Analyst at Reliance Securities
Rental housing complexes via public-private partnership will go a long way in resolving housing issues for migrant workers and urban poor
The Ministry’s announcement to build rental housing complexes via public-private partnership will go a long way in resolving housing issues for migrant workers and Urban Poor who currently live in pitiable conditions. The concessions promised to manufacture units and industries to take up such projects and also allowing them to follow the BOT model similar to road projects, for constructing these rented dwellings will encourage many new players to enter the affordable housing segment – Ravindra Sudhalkar, CEO at Reliance Home Finance.
TDS on 23 items and TCS on 12 items of have been slashed
TDS on 23 items and TCS on 12 items of have been slashed by 25 per cent. No effect on salaries – Revenue Secretary
TDS and TCS have been cut to increase liquidity in the market
TDS and TCS have been cut by 25 per cent to increase liquidity in the market – Revenue Secretary
Modi govt’s PMAY scheme extended! Big benefit for those earning Rs 6 to Rs 18 lakh
Modi govt’s PMAY scheme extended! Big benefit for those earning Rs 6 to Rs 18 lakh
The last date for anyone wishing to avail the PMAY CLSS scheme was March 31, 2020 but now stands at March 31, 2021. The other category of LIG/EWS, however, has its last date of March 31, 2022. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her press conference today has extended the last date of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) Credit-Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) both for the MIG-I and MIG-II categories.
1200 shramik trains are ready to run
1200 shramik trains are ready to run, which means 300 shramik trains can run every day to transport migrant workers – FM Sitharaman
Technology-driven ration card
Aadhar number of all family members will be seeded in the new ration card
FM Sitharaman appreciates media persons
FM Sitharaman appreciates media persons, requests to spread words about what the government is doing.
Rs 2 lakh crore will be given to farmers through Kisan credit card
Nearly Rs 2 lakh crore will be given to farmers through Kisan credit cards. 2.5 crore farmers, including fishermen and animal husbandry farmers, to get institutional credit at a concessional rate – FM Sitharaman
Government gives Rs 30,000 crore additional emergency working capital funds through NABARD to help farmers
The government gives Rs 30,000 crore additional emergency working capital funds through NABARD to help farmers in post harvest Rabi works and for the preparation of Kharif – FM Sitharaman
Rs 6,000 crore push to CAMPA funds
The government gives Rs 6,000 crore push to CAMPA funds, aims to employ Adivasi and tribal people for afforestation work, forest protection, wildlife protection, etc
Credit-linked subsidy scheme extended till March 2021
We wish to give the middle-income group (income of Rs 6 – 18 lakh per year) affordable houses under credit-linked subsidy scheme by extending it to March 2021- FM Sitharaman. 2.5 lakh middle-class people to get benefited through this move.
Initial working capital of Rs 10,000 will be given to each street vendor
Street vendors will get special credit facility of Rs 5,000 crore. Within a month, the government will launch the scheme for 50 lakh street vendors. Initial working capital of Rs 10,000 will be given to each street vendor – FM Sitharaman.
Mudra Shishu loan borrower will get interest subvention for the next 12 months
Current portfolio of Mudra Shishu loan is up to Rs 50,000 or less. After the three months moratorium, when borrowers start to repay, they will get interest subvention for the next 12 months.
Converting government-funded housing in major cities to affordable rental housing
Govt is looking forwards to convert government-funded housing in major cities to affordable rental housing complexes for urban poor migrants
Today’s announcements more about making working conditions easier and more conducive for worker
So far, today’s announcements seem more about making working conditions easier and more conducive for workers, through changes in codes, rules and regulations; rather than direct liquidity, monetary or fiscal help.
Govt introduces one nation one ration card
In order to benefit migrant workers, the government has introduced one nation one ration card, through which people can buy ration across any ration depot in the country.
Free food grains supply to all migrants in the next two months, including non-card holders
FM Sitharaman has announced free food grains supply to all migrants in the next two months. For non-card holders, they shall be given 5 kg wheat or rice or 1 kg pulse per family. Rs 3,500 crore will be spent on this in the next two months to benefit 8 crore migrant workers.
EPF support of 24% has been extended for the next three months
EPF support of paying 24% is already borne by the government, it has now been extended for the next three months – FM
Government aims to make ESIC benefit compulsory to all establishments
The government aims to make ESIC benefit compulsory to all establishments. Provision is also for social security fund for informal sector – Finance Minister
Govt aims to make minimum wage universal, remove disparity of minimum wage, compulsory appointment letter
The government aims to make minimum wages applicable to all workers, which is now applicable only to 30% to workers. It also aims to remove disparity of minimum wage and compulsory give appointment letter to all worker- FM Sitharaman
More migrant workers can now get work in their own states
More migrant workers can now get work in their own states under MNREGA as more work has been generated. Wage rate has also been increased from Rs 182 to Rs 202.
14.62 crore man days of work has been increased, which is actually 40-50% more men enrolled
14.62 crore man days of work has been increased, which is actually 40-50% more men enrolled, compared to last May. 2.33 more wage seekers can be engaged – FM Sitharaman
Paisa portal pilot project will be started across the country
Paisa portal pilot project will be started across the country, which was earlier restricted only to Gujarat
7200 new SHG group has been newly formed
7200 new SHG group has been newly formed, giving livelihoods to urban poor – Govt
Urban poor are contributing in Covid period under SHG scheme
12000 self-help groups all over the country have produced over 3 crore masks and 1.2 lakh litre of sanitisers. Urban poor are contributing in Covid period.
GoI has allowed state governments to use disaster response fund to arrange food and shelter for the migrant workers
GoI has allowed state government to use disaster response fund to arrange food and shelter for the migrant workers. Rs 11,000 crore has been sent in that fund – FM Sitharaman
In the past two months, 63 lakh agriculture loans has been waived off
In the past two months, 63 lakh agriculture loans has been waived off, which means Rs 86,600 crore waived off – FM Sitharaman
Rs 6,700 crore has been awarded as working capital to state agencies
Rs 6,700 crore has been awarded as working capital to state agencies for procuring agriculture produce – FM Sitharaman
Nabard has refinanced Rs 29500 crore for rural farmers
As liquidity support for farmers and rural economies has been happening in the last two months, Nabard has refinanced Rs 29500 crore for rural farmers – FM Sitharaman
Today’s announcement is for poor section, migrant workers, and farmers
Todays’ announcement is for poor section, migrant workers, and farmers, in addition to what was announced yesterday – Anurag Thakur
Modi government’s work towards farmers is appreciable – Anurag Thakur
Anurag Singh Thakur, MoS, Ministry of Finance hails Modi government’s work towards farmers.
Interest subvention scheme extended till May-end
Interest subvention was extended till March, has been further extended till May-end.
(With inputs from financialexpress)