Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (30 June 2020) said a key government scheme for free food grains to 80 crore people, India’s poorest, would be extended to November as the country fights coronavirus.
“Keeping in mind all the festivals that are coming up in the next few months, this scheme to provide 80 crore people with 5 kg free ration and 1 kg dal per month will now be extended till Diwali and Chhath Puja, or till the end of November,” PM Modi said in an address to the nation.
PM Modi also said negligence in social and personal behavior seen during Unlock1 was cause for concern at a time it was even more critical to take precautions against coronavirus.
“Whether village Pradhan or country’s Pradhan Mantri, no one is above rules,” he said.
“Earlier, we were careful about masks, do gaj doori and washing our hands. We were very careful. But now, when we need to be more cautious, increasing carelessness is cause for concern. People have to become cautious again, especially in containment zones,” PM Modi said.
“We are entering Unlock 2. We are also entering a season in which cold, cough, fever increases. I appeal to all of you, please take care of yourself.”