Cabinet approves ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat Package’ for stranded migrants

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (File)

New Delhi (NVI): The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the allocation of foodgrains to approximately 8 crore migrants or stranded migrants free of cost for the next two months.

Under the package, the migrants will get 5kg foodgrains per person per month for May and June. “It would entail an estimated food subsidy of about Rs 2,982.27 crore,” the Government said in a statement.

The total subsidy provided by the Government is estimated at about Rs.3,109 crore, which includes an estimated food subsidy of about Rs. 2,982 crore. Furthermore, the expenditure towards intra-state transportation and handling charges will account for about Rs 127 crore, which will be borne fully by the Centre, the Government said.

The allocation will ease the hardships faced by the stranded migrant workers due to economic disruption caused by the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.