Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 30
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Jal Shakti Rattan Lal Kataria said the President’s appreciation of Union government’s welfare measures during his address to the joint sitting of Parliament on Friday would help bolster its efforts of developmental works.
“The policies of the government for the weaker sections are a game-changer,” Kataria, a prominent Dalit face in Narendra Modi government, said.
He stressed that the government took “timely and effective steps against the Covid-19 pandemic” while safeguarding the weaker and vulnerable sections of society during the turbulent phase of the national lockdown.
Provision of additional five kilograms free food grains per month for eight months to 80 crore people under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, facility under “One Nation One Ration Card” to benefit migrant labour force, and starting of Shramik Special Trains for migrant labourers were among the government’s measures highlighted by Kataria.
Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan was launched in six states to secure employment to the returnee migrant labourers in their villages.
As much as 50 crore man-days of employment were generated due to the Abhiyan.
Over eight crore beneficiaries received free gas cylinders under Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana.
“All these initiatives have touched the lives of the weaker most sections of society and have provided them the vital support during the global pandemic.”
He informed that around 80 per cent of farmers possess less than two-hectare land, and hence fall under the “small” and “marginal category”.
The government has directly transferred Rs 1,13,000 crore into their bank accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
Also, under this yojana, 90,000 crore has been paid as compensation to farmers against a premium of Rs 17,000 crore in the past five years.