Announcing the extension of the free ration scheme till the end of November, the Prime Minister, in his address to the nation appealed to the people to not be negligent and observe social distancing norms and other precautions religiously.
PM Modi said that as the country gradually unlocks people are showing negligence towards social distancing norms. He urged everyone to observe all the safety precautions with utmost care.
The Prime Minster also expanded the duration of PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana till the end of November, thereby benefiting more than 80 crore people who will receive free ration.
The government will spend a total of Rs 1.5 lakh crore on the scheme.
The Prime Minister said that because of timely lockdown India is better placed than many other countries and has saved many lives.
PM Modi expressed gratitude towards farmers and the honest tax payers without whom the government would not have been able to provide help to the poor.