MODI ANNOUNCES 20 LAKH CRORE RESCUE PACKAGE

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 In a televised address nation before the end of 3.0 national lockdown , India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, announced an economic rescue package of 20 Lakh carore{ $260 billion}  which is aproxx 10% of  Indian GDP  for a nation that, although relatively successful in controlling coronavirus infections, has been left economically devastated.

The Rs 20 lakh crore economic stimulus announced by the Prime Minister takes into account the measures that the government and RBI have already rolled out in the form of Rs 1.7 lakh crore in cash and free food and Rs 5.24 lakh crore in liquidity support. That pegs the new stimulus at Rs 13.1 lakh crore, or 6.5% of GDP, which will likely come in the form of loan guarantees for MSMEs, wage support for MSME workers, aid for migrant labourers, tax sops to make local production competitive, tax cuts to spur spending and support for construction and housing sectors. The total package at 10% of GDP puts India in league with likes of Germany, Sweden and France and way ahead of Spain, Italy, the UK and China.

Prime minister  was short on details but said the relief package, which amounts to around 10 percent of India’s gross domestic product and was larger than expected, would help all classes, from farmers and migrant laborers to big businesses.

He urged Indians to become more economically self reliant  which means using of indian made product more than international product giving a example of mahatma Gandhi ji as he campaign to boycott British textiles and buy Indian cloth instead.

“Be vocal about local!”  prime minester said . “Who can stop us from becoming a self-reliant India?”

He further said  that India can make many products locally, boasting that the country went from manufacturing almost no PPE kits or protective masks before the coronavirus pandemic to now making hundreds of thousands each day.

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As so long national lockdown of a 1.3 billion people pandemic have hit its economy especially hard, leaving millions of poor people unemployed. All across the country, out-of-work laborers have been pouring from cities and returning to rural areas where they hope to rely on family members to survive.

As Prime minister promised that in the coming days India’s finance ministry would reveal all the details of fund and who will get benifit from this package, migrant laborers , farmers, honest taxpayers, MSMEs  (micro small and medium enterprises ) and cottage industry.were  among the people who would be helped by the stimulus plan.

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 As 3.0 National lockdown will end on 17 may , Mr. prime minister didn’t directly address  that national lockdown  further extend, but he said that during the next phase of the lockdown,rules would change. And he hinted that the lockdown might be eased.

“All the experts are telling us that corona will be part of our lives for a long period,” Mr. Prime minister said in his half-hour speech. “But we cannot allow our lives to revolve around corona, corona, corona.” He urged Indians to continue wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

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India has reported around 70,000 corona virus infections and 2,300 deaths. For a country of 1.3 billion people, that is a very low as compared with other richer countries. Though testing is lower here as well, which may mean the infection rate is higher than reported, many public health officials have said India has done a good job so far in containing the virus.

 

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