Free food grains, affordable rental housing complexes to Kisan Credit Card Scheme; FM Nirmala Sitharaman announces 9 steps to help poor

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday (May 14) introduced the 2nd tranche of measures to ameliorate the hardships confronted by migrant labours, avenue distributors, migrant city poor, small merchants self-employed folks, small farmers and housing. 

In her press convention, the Finance Minister elaborated the brief time period and long-term measures for supporting the poor, together with migrants, farmers, tiny companies and avenue distributors.

FM Sitharaman mentioned, “Farmers and workers are the backbones of this nation. They serve all of us with their sweat and toil. Migrant workers need affordable and convenient rental housing in urban areas in addition to social security. There is also a need to create employment opportunities for the poor, including migrant and unorganised workers. Farmers need timely and adequate credit support.”

The authorities, she mentioned, is attentive to the wants to all of the segments of economic system and society, whereas including that small enterprise setups, particularly these run by avenue distributors, assist dignified livelihoods by way of Shishu MUDRA loans. 

“They also need our patronage by way of business as well as caring attention in the form of social security and enhanced credit,” FM Sitharaman added.

The brief time period and long-term measures introduced by the Finance Minister to assist the poor are: 

1. Free food grains provide to migrants for two months

For migrant labour, further food grain to all of the states/UTs on the charge of 5 kg per migrant labourer and 1 kg Chana per household per thirty days for 2 months i.e. May and June 2020 freed from value shall be allotted. Migrant labourers not lined beneath National Food Security Act or with no ration card within the state/UT through which they’re stranded at current might be eligible. 

States/UTs shall be suggested to put a mechanism for focused distribution as envisaged within the scheme. 8 Lakh MT of food-grain and 50,000 MT of Chana shall be allotted. The whole outlay of Rs. 3500 crore might be borne by Government of India.

2. One Nation one Ration Card: Technology system to allow migrants entry PDS ration in India by March 2021
Pilot scheme for portability of ration playing cards might be prolonged to 23 states. By that, 67 crore beneficiaries protecting 83% of the PDS inhabitants might be lined by nationwide portability of ration playing cards by August 2020. 100% National portability might be achieved by March 2021. 

This is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s technology-driven system reforms. This scheme will allow a migrant employee and their members of the family to entry PDS advantages from any Fair Price Shop within the nation. This will make sure that the folks in transit, particularly migrant employees can even get the advantage of PDS profit throughout the nation.

3. Scheme for Affordable Rental Housing Complexes for Migrant Workers and Urban Poor 
The central authorities will launch a scheme for migrant employees and concrete poor to present ease of dwelling at an affordable lease. Affordable Rental Housing Complexes will present social safety and high quality life to migrant labour, city poor, and college students and so on.

This might be carried out by way of changing government-funded homes within the cities into Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHC) beneath PPP mode by way of concessionaire; manufacturing models, industries, establishments, associations to develop Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHC) on their personal land and function; and Incentivizing state authorities companies/Central Government Organizations on related traces to develop Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (ARHC) and function. 

The precise particulars of the scheme might be launched by the Ministry/Department.

4. Two per cent Interest Subvention for 12 months for Shishu MUDRA loanees
The authorities will present curiosity subvention of two% for immediate payees for a interval of 12 months to MUDRA Shishu loanees, who’ve loans beneath Rs 50,000. The present portfolio of MUDRA Shishu loans is round Rs 1.62 Lakh crore. This will present aid of about Rs 1,500 crore to Shishu MUDRA loanee.

5. Rs 5,000 crore Credit facility for Street Vendors

A particular scheme might be launched inside a month to facilitate quick access to credit score to Street distributors, who’re amongst probably the most adversely impacted by the current scenario for enabling them to restart their companies. Under this scheme, a financial institution credit score facility for preliminary working capital up to Rs. 10,000 for every enterprise might be prolonged. 

This scheme will cowl city in addition to rural distributors doing enterprise within the adjoining city areas. Use of digital funds and well timed repayments might be incentivized by way of financial rewards. It is predicted that 50 lakh avenue distributors might be benefitted beneath this scheme and credit score of Rs 5,000 crore would circulate to them. 

6. Rs 70,000 crore enhance to the housing sector, middle-income group by way of Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme beneath PMAY (Urban)
The Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme for Middle Income Group (annual Income between Rs 6 and 18 lakhs) might be prolonged up to March 2021. This will profit 2.5 lakhs center earnings households throughout 2020-21 and can lead to an funding of over Rs 70,000 crore within the housing sector. 

This will create a major variety of jobs by giving a lift to the housing sector and can stimulate demand for metal, cement, transport and different development supplies.

7. Rs 6,000 crore for creating employment utilizing CAMPA funds

Approximately Rs 6,000 crore of funds beneath Compensatory Afforestation Management & Planning Authority (CAMPA) might be used for Afforestation and Plantation works, together with in city areas, Artificial regeneration, assisted pure regeneration, forest administration, soil and moisture conservation works, Forest safety, forest and wildlife-related infrastructure improvement, wildlife safety and administration and so on. 

The authorities will grant rapid approval to these plans amounting to Rs 6000 crore. This will create job alternatives in city, semi-urban and rural areas and likewise for Tribals (Adivashis).

8. Rs 30,000 crore further emergency working capital for farmers by way of NABARD

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will lengthen further re-finance assist of Rs 30,000 crore for assembly crop mortgage requirement of Rural Cooperative Banks and RRBs. This refinance might be front-loaded and accessible on faucet. 

This is over and above Rs 90,000 crore that might be offered by NABARD to this sector within the regular course. This will profit round Three crore farmers, largely small and marginal and it’ll meet their post-harvest Rabi and present Kharif necessities.

9. Rs 2 lakh crore credit score enhance to 2.5 crore farmers beneath Kisan Credit Card Scheme
A particular drive to present concessional credit score to PM-KISAN beneficiaries by way of Kisan Credit Cards. Fisherman and Animal Husbandry Farmers may also be included on this drive. This will inject further liquidity of  Rs 2 lakh crore within the farm sector. 2.5 crore farmers might be lined.

Click here for PPT details of Tranche 2 by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the bulletins made by the Finance Minister saying that the bulletins will profit farmers and migrant employees, including that the progressive measures will enhance food safety, credit score to farmers in addition to avenue distributors. 

Taking to micro-blogging web site Twitter, PM Modi mentioned, “Today’s announcements by FM Nirmala Sitharaman will especially benefit our farmers and migrant workers. The announcements include a series of progressive measures and will boost food security, credit to farmers as well as street vendors.”

Key highlights of the primary tranche introduced by FM Sitharaman on May 13:

-Rs Three lakh crore Emergency Working Capital Facility for Businesses, together with MSMEs
-Rs 20,000 crore Subordinate Debt for Stressed MSMEs
-Rs 50,000 crore fairness infusion by way of MSME Fund of Funds
-New Definition of MSME and different Measures for MSME
-No Global tenders for Government tenders of uptoRs 200 crore
-Extending the Employees Provident Fund Support for enterprise and organised employees for one more Three months for wage months of June, July and August 2020
-EPF Contribution to be decreased for Employers and Employees for Three months to 10% from 12% for all institutions lined by EPFO for subsequent Three months
-Rs 30,000 crore Special Liquidity Scheme for NBFC/HFC/MFIs
-Rs 45,000 crore Partial credit score assure Scheme for Liabilities of NBFCs/MFIs
-Rs 90,000 crore Liquidity Injection for DISCOMs
-Relief to contractors given by extension of up to six months for completion of contractual obligations, together with in respect of EPC and concession agreements
-Relief to Real Estate Projects the registration and completion date for all registered initiatives might be prolonged up to six months. 
-Tax aid to enterprise as pending earnings tax refunds to charitable trusts and non-corporate companies and professions to be issued instantly
-Reduction in Rates of ‘Tax Deduction at Source’ and ‘Tax Collected at Source” by 25% for the remaining interval of FY 20-21
Due Dates for varied tax relatedcompliances prolonged

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