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CM Yediyurappa announces Rs 1,250 crore special package for lockdown-affected people

Registered auto rickshaw, cab, maxi drivers, construction workers and folk artistes to get compensation of Rs 3000; unorganised labourers, street vendors, barbers, garment workers, mechanics, tailors and rag pickers Rs 2000; Rs 10,000 compensation for flower, vegetable, and fruit growers for crop loss on one hectare area

Prime News, Karnataka, Health, Disease, Lockdown, Finance, Bengaluru, May 19:- Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday (May 19) announced a special package of Rs 1,250 crore to poor people who have been deprived of their livelihood because of the statewide lockdown.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa

The state government has announced Rs 10,000 compensation for flower, vegetable, and fruit growers for crop loss in one hectare area. Compensation of Rs 3,000 will be provided for all the registered auto rickshaw, cab and maxi drivers, around 2.10 lakh beneficiaries will be covered. The artiste folk will get Rs 3,000. Unorganised labourers will get Rs 2,000. The government announced Rs 3,000 for construction workers and the street vendors will get Rs 2,000. Barbers will get Rs 2,000, garment workers, mechanics, tailors and rag pickers will be given Rs 2,000. The relief compensation will go directly into the bank account of the beneficiaries.

The chief minister also said that the BPL card holders will get 10 kg free rice and APL cardholders will get one kg rice at Rs 15.

Farmers’ loan repayment in co-operative societies has been deferred till July 31, 2021.

‘Govt to recruit 2,150 doctors’

Yediyurappa further said that within three days, as many as 2,150 doctors will be appointed to tackle the Covid-19 situation in the state. The government will release money to manage the Covid-19 situation to all the Gram Panchayats. Rs 50,000 will be given in advance. This will help 6,000 villages in the state, he said.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 5 kg rice will be provided every month. The government will also provide free treatment for corona patients in the state. Free mid-meal is being provided for the poor at Indira Canteens across the state and the facility will continue till the lockdown ends, he informed.

Teachers, lineman and LPG cylinder delivery boys will be considered as frontline workers and they will be provided Covid-19 vaccination, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister had convened a meeting of senior officials of the Finance Department on Tuesday evening (May 18) and held a detailed discussion with them on the financial package and its likely impact on the state’s finances. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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