Synopsis of Finance Minister’s Speech on *Thursday, 26th March 2020, 13:00

1. *Rs. 50 Lakh Insurance Cover* for Doctors, Sanitation Worker, Para Medical Staff
2. *Food Benefits*
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (80 Crore people)
– *Additional 5 kg* wheat or rice *free* for next three months
– *Additional 1 kg of pulse free* for next three months
– Can be taken in two instalments
– Package costing 1.70 Lakh Crore
3. *Direct Benefit Transfer*
– *Farmers* – Rs. 2,000 in April 1st Week (8.70 Crore Farmers will get this benefit)
– *MANREGA* – Increase in Wages Rs. 2000 per person (5 Crore Families)
– *Poor Widows, Pensioners, Divyangs* – Ex-gratia Rs. 1000 in two instalments (3 Crore senior citizen, poor widows and poor divayang)
Woman having Jan Dhan Yojana* – Ex-gratia of Rs. 500 per month for next three months (20 Crore Women)
– *Ujwala Scheme* – Free cylinders for next three months (8.3 Crore BPL Families)
– *Woman Self Help Groups* – Loan upto Rs. 20 Lakh without collaterals (7 Crore household)
– *Organised Sector Workers*
– *Government will pay EPF Contribution* for Employer and Employee for next three months (For establishment having upto 100 employees and of these 100 employees, 90% employee earn less than Rs. 15 Thousand)
– *Non Refundable EPF Withdrawal* allowed upto 75% of their balance or 3 months’ wages, whichever is low) (4.8 Crore workers will get benefit)
– *Construction Workers* – Instruction to State Governments for using Labour Welfare Fund which has Rs. 30K Crore (Benefit will flow to 3.5 Crore registered workers)
– *District Mineral Funds* – Request to State Government to use District Mineral Funds