Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan urged the states to ensure uninterrupted supply of the grains to the common people. He said the states can take the stock of foodgrains from Food Corporation of India (FCI). This comes after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday announced a number of relief measures for consumers and the corporate sector in the wake of the novel Coronavirus crisis.
Paswan further lauded the decision taken by the government to permit the states and union territories to take foodgrain on a three-month credit and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for giving approval to his proposal.
The minister took to Twitter to express his gratitude. His tweet in Hindia read as: "I would like to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for extending support to the states and giving three-month credit for lifting foodgrains from the stocks of Food Corporation of India (FCI)."
प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी और वित्त मंत्री श्रीमती @nsitharaman जी को धन्यवाद देना चाहता हूं कि उन्होंने #Covid_19india के खतरे से उत्पन्न स्थिति को देखते हुए राज्य सरकारों को वित्तीय सहयोग मुहैय्या कराने हेतु हमारे प्रस्ताव को मंजूरी दे दी है। 1/2 #IndiaFightsCorona— Ram Vilas Paswan (@irvpaswan) March 23, 2020
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a number of relief measures for consumers and the corporate sector in the wake of the novel Coronavirus crisis. The measures included extending the last date to file income tax returns and composition returns to June 30, making customs clearance an essential service, relaxing the mandatory requirement of board meetings for a period of 60 days and so forth. Furthermore, she stated that the Centre would unveil a financial relief package very soon.
According to the latest figure available on Tuesday, India has so far reported 505 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus, entailing a 79-patient increase over 24 hours. 10 people have so far died from COVID-19.