A ready reckoner to answer your doubts on the relief measures

All citizens registered under the Ayushman Bharat scheme will be covered for free COVID-19 testing and treatment at government hospitals

Yes, if you are enrolled in the PM Kisan Sanman Nidhi Yojana, of the Rs. 6000 available to you for this year (FY20-21), Rs 2000 will be transferred to your bank account within the next few days.

a. What if I am not registered for PM Kisan Sanman Nidhi Yojana?

Please go through this document for information on other schemes. Please also keep checking this section for updates on schemes for farmers, which we shall be updating regularly

b. Can I enroll for the PM Kisan Sanman Nidhi Yojana?

Yes, all farmers can enroll themselves for this scheme, which provides Rs. 6000 per year to farmers to supplement their livelihood You can do so here: https://www.pmkisan.gov.in/registrationform.aspx

c. Are there any schemes rolled out by state governments

Sorry, no state government has announced a specific relief scheme for farmers yet. Please go through the entire document for other possible schemes. Please also keep checking this page, which we shall be updating regularly

Yes, if you are registered under the Building and Other Construction Workers act, State Governments will utilise the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Fund to provide assistance and support to you. The benefits announced by some states are given below. Please keep checking this section for updates:

Haryanaa. Should be registered with the HR BOCW board
b.Should not be a part of Mukhya Mantri Parivar Samriddhi scheme
Rs 4500
HimachalShould be registered with the HP BOCW BoardRs 2000
KarnatakaShould be registered with the KN BOCW Board Rs 1000
Madya PradeshShould be registered with the MP BOCW Board Rs 1000
PunjabShould be registered with the PB BOCW Board Rs 3000
RajasthanShould be registered with the RJ BOCW Board Rs 1000
Tamil NaduShould be registered with the TN BOCW Board Rs 1000 + 15kg Rice + 1kg Dal + 1lit oil
Uttar PradeshShould be registered with the UP BOCW Board
*non registered workers can reach out to district administrations separately to avail the benefit ; more guidelines will follow
Rs 1000
West BengalShould be registered with the WB BOCW Board Rs 1000
DelhiShould be registered with the DL BOCW BoardRs 5000
Jammu and KashmirShould be registered with the J&K BOCW BoardRs 1000

Yes, MGNREGA wages would be increased by Rs 20 per day from 1 April, 2020. You will be paid Rs 202 per day as against Rs. 182. However, bear in mind that some MNREGA work may be disallowed owing to the social distancing guidelines in place.

a. What is the MGNREG Act?

The act ensures guaranteed employment for people in rural areas who volunteer to do unskilled manual work for hundred days in a financial year

If your SHG is enrolled with the NRLM, the limit of collateral free lending that you can avail would be increased from Rs 10 to Rs 20 lakhs.

a. How do I check if my SHG is registered under the NRLM?

You can confirm your name in NRLM SHG database here : https://nrlm.gov.in/shgOuterReports.do?methodName=showShgreport&encd=null&srtnm=null&reqtrack=b9bJnfIyYePrbwFoiyDoUsjw0

How do we access the loan amount?

Your SHG should directly approach banks/ district offices of NRLM, keeping social distancing guidelines in mind.

The Central government has announced the following services for Employers and Employees

  • For Employers, government will contribute both employer and employee contributions subject to the following conditions
  • For businesses having less than 100 workers, where 90% of workers are earning less than Rs 15,000 per month, the government will pay 24 percent of their monthly wages, viz: employer contribution (12%) + employee contribution(12%), into your PF accounts for next three months to prevent disruption in your employment.
  • For Employees, the government has announced a facility to claim an advance subject to the following conditions
  • All registered individuals will be allowed to withdraw upto 75% of PF balance (Employee share and Employer Share) or 3 months PF wages or the claimed amount by the member whichever is the least.
  • The purpose of the claim would be ‘Outbreak of pandemic’ (COVID-19). The services can be availed online at EPF site and through UMANG app available on google play store

More more information, Please visit https://www.epfindia.gov.in/site_en/covid19.php

The Central Government has announced an insurance cover of 50 Lakh for each health worker fighting COVID-19 in Government Hospitals and Health Care Centres For 90 days

a. Who is eligible for this insurance cover?

Safai karamcharis, ward-boys, nurses, ASHA workers, paramedics, technicians, doctors and specialists and other health workers working in government health centres, wellness centres, and Central/State government hospitals would be covered under this scheme

b. In what situation would the insured amount be paid to the covered persons?

If any eligible person meets with some accident while treating Covid-19 patients, then he/she would be compensated with an amount of Rs 50 lakh under the scheme.

The Central Government will provide such persons as are registered with National Social Security Schemes with Rs 1,000 (as a direct bank transfer) to tide over difficulties during the next three months. State specific measures are listed below:

BiharElderly Persons, Differently Abled persons, and WidowsThree months of pension in advance
HimachalElderly Persons, Differently Abled persons, and WidowsThree months of pension in advance
KarnatakaElderly Persons, Differently Abled persons, and WidowsTwo months of pension in advance
KeralaElderly Persons, Differently Abled persons, and WidowsTwo months of pension in advance
Madya PradeshElderly Persons, Differently Abled persons, and WidowsTwo months of pension in advance
OdishaAll social security pension holdersFour months of pension in advance
RajasthanPeople in these categories not covered under social security pension schemes:

a. BPL, State BPL card holders

b. Antyodaya Yojana beneficiaries

c. Construction workers

d. Registered street vendors

Rs 1000 to be provided
DelhiAll social security pension holdersenhanced Pension of Rs 4000 for senior citizens in the age group (60-69 years), Rs 5000 to Senior citizens above 70 years, Rs 5000 to widows and disabled

a. Is every senior citizen/widow eligible for this grant?

No, only beneficiaries of National Social Security Pension schemes like Indira Gandhi old age pension scheme, Indira Gandhi DIsability Pension Scheme, Indira Gandhi Widow Pension Scheme will be covered under this scheme

The Central government has assured every ration card holder with the following supplies free of cost as a one time measure: 5 kgs of either wheat or rice, along with 1 kg of pulses (as per regional preferences). These will be distributed through Public Distribution Service outlets. Overall state-wise benefits are as below:

Andhra Pradesh

a. Rice card holders

b. School children

c. Children attending Anganwadis

d. Pregnant & lactating women

One months ration free of cost
BiharAll ration card holdersOne months ration free of cost
ChhattisgarhAll ration card holdersTwo months ration free of cost and in advance
GujaratAll ration card holders3.5 kg of Wheat, 1.5 kg of Rice, and 1 kg each of sugar, pulses, and salt per family
HimachalTargeted public distribution system cardholdersTwo months ration free of cost
JharkandAll individuals350 khichdi centres to remain open
KarnatakaAll ration card holdersTwo months ration free of cost

a. All NFSA ration card holders

b. Eligible poor persons

Rice and Wheat rations for three months at Rs 1 per kg (5 kg per person per month)
RajasthanNFSA ration card holdersWheat rations up to May will be free of cost
Tamil NaduSuppply of PDS commodities to the members of public in general also needs to be continued for two more months
TelanganaWhite ration card holders12 kg of rice free of cost per person
UttarakhandAll ration card holdersRations for the next three months will be provided in advance
West BengalBPL ration card holders5 kg foodgrains will be free of cost
DelhiBPL ration card holders7.5 kg of rations free of cost

a. What is a Ration card?

Ration cards are an official document issued by state governments in India to households that are eligible to purchase subsidized food grain from the Public Distribution System (under the National Food Security Act).

A. PM Jan Dhan Yojana beneficiaries: If you are a woman who holds a Jan Dhan (PMJDY) account, you would be provided with Rs 500 per month for the next three months.

a. Are all PMJDY account holders eligible for the ex-gratia grant?

No, only women account holders are eligible

b. How will I get to know if I have received the grant?

  • You can check the bank balance by using internet banking
  • You can also ask Banking Correspondent in your area to generate a mini statement of your account
  • You can check the last 5 transactions using concerned bank’s mobile/tele banking facility

PM Ujwala Yojana beneficiaries: Gas cylinders will be provided free of cost for the next three months.

What is Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala yojana?

This scheme provided free LPG gas connections (worth Rs.1600) to households that were below the poverty line as a replacement for traditional cooking stoves/non-LPG modes for cooking. The benefit is given to around 8.3 Crore households in the name of women.

Yes.Both government and private organisations have set up various food camp/ night shelters across states