Mumbai: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved extending the plan to distribute free food grains to the country’s poor by the end of November, to help them cope with the economic pain of coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters about the decisions taken by the Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that 81 million poor would be provided five kg of free food grains per person and one kg of pulses for five months.
1.49 lakh crore rupees will be spent on this scheme.
Also, the government allowed 7.4 crore poor women to avail of three free LPG cylinders till September. Previously, they were to take advantage of this quota between April and June, he said.
Meanwhile, Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved capital infusion of Rs 12,450 crore in three public sector general insurance companies.