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Govt has no plan for poor workers without bank accounts, can only provide free meals

The Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package announced last week covers 80 crore poor with bank accounts, but officials say there’s no strategy in place for others.
PM Narendra Modi at the 150th anniversary of the Kolkata Port Trust | PTI

Modi govt meets fiscal deficit target for 2019-20, says economic affairs secretary

DEA secretary says govt will do all that’s necessary to meet expenditures related to health, to provide for the poor and for resurgence and recovery of industry.
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Virus lockdown is forcing finance ministry to embrace technology

Finance ministry is practicing 21-day lockdown by moving all communication online, while keeping minimum staff on roster to attend to critical work.
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These are the schemes that will be covered under Modi govt’s Rs 1.7 lakh crore package

As Modi govt looks to provide relief to 80 crore poor, migrant workers and other Indians, here is a list of the schemes whose beneficiaries will get covered.
A cashier counts Indian rupee bank notes. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Why Rs 1.7-lakh crore relief package may not mean an equivalent fiscal hit in 2020-21

Some of the expenditures announced by the Modi government have already been accounted for in the Union Budget presented in February.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addresses a press conference in New Delhi. | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

On lockdown day 2, newspapers note economic safety net, Mirror praises ‘Dr Do gooders’

A round-up of the most important reports in major newspapers around the country – from TOI and HT, Express and The Hindu to The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror and The Tribune, as well as top financial dailies.

Here’s how India can help the disabled during 21-day coronavirus lockdown

In the absence of accessible public facilities and assistive technologies, India's disabled need human assistance. But social distancing makes it difficult.
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Modi govt’s Gareeb Kalyan: Does India have the ability to deliver amid Covid-19 lockdown?

Finance Minister has announced a three-month relief package worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore for India’s urban & rural poor to help them during the coronavirus lockdown.
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Sitharaman promises economic package ‘soon’, but eases norms for businesses and taxpayers

Firms get relief on tax returns, company law compliance, and triggering of insolvency proceedings. Regulators are monitoring the markets and economy, assures the FM.
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Indian economy needs urgent coronavirus relief package

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Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.


Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.