Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: Conscious of problems being faced by migrants, says Nirmala Sitharam
Updated: May 22, 2020
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tracker India Live Updates: Saying that the government is aware of the plight of the migrant workers, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced the launch of the National Portability Cards (One Nation One Ration Card) which would enable the moving migrants to access the public distribution system (PDS) anywhere in the country. Addressing a press conference, Sitharaman also assured that free foodgrains would provide to non-PDS cardholders for the two months.
The Shiv Sena on Thursday raised questions over the Centre’s Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package announced to revive the COVID-hit economy and asked if India is not a “self-reliant” country at present. All passenger train tickets, which were booked for travel on or before June 30, were canceled by the Railways on Thursday even as the country prepared for fresh relaxations of curbs at the end of the third phase of the lockdown on May 17. All passengers will be fully refunded, the railways announced. However, the Shramik Special trains ferrying migrant workers back to their native place will run as per schedule