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30 March, 2020, 01:05 PM IST

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  • At a time when people are raising questions about the number of ventilators, intensive care unit beds and other medical facilities, the focus on free treatment or free insurance exposes an apathy towards a critical requirement.

    New Delhi, Mar 26 () Terming the relief package as timely intervention, SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar on Thursday said more calibrated responses in coming weeks expected as the impact of pandemic COVID-19 unfolds.

    Over 8 crore Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana beneficiaries will be entitled to a total of three 14.2-kg LPG cylinders for free between April to June, a move that will cost the government an estimated Rs 13,000 crore.

    Ninety per cent of the messages are to do with “how clapping kills the coronavirus”, and “how gargling with vinegar is a definite cure for it” and “if the nation is going to go into an emergency”, and if the virus will meet its end on Sunday as the moon goes to a new phase –– all these have been called out by the unit, officials said.

    An Ayushman Bharat beneficiary would be able to get himself tested for Covid-19 in any empanelled private hospital free of cost as per the NHA’s decision. In case a suspected Covid-19 patient has to be isolated in a private hospital, the isolation would also be covered under the scheme.

    According to sources, the rural development ministry would seek Cabinet approval for extension till March 31, 2022. The mission, which was launched in 2016, had set an initial target of constructing 2.95 crore houses based on Socio-Economic Caste Census 2011 data. The ministry had set the target of constructing 1crore houses in the first phase of PMAY-Gramin by March 31, 2019.

    The MoFPI is focusing on building cold chain infrastructure across the country, for seamless transfer of perishables from production to consumption areas, through the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY).

    Ten projects worth rupees Rs 301.54 crore with total grant-in-aid of Rs 67.29 crore were sanctioned in a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) held under the chairperson ship of Food Processing Industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal in New Delhi.

    The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs also told Lok Sabha that no data regarding property-less people is maintained by the ministry. PMAY(U) seeks to provide all weather pucca houses to beneficiaries in economically weaker sections in urban areas.

    The projects approved are running across the country covering over 100 agro-climatic zones. The Processed food market is expected to grow to $ 543 billion by 2020 from $ 322 billionn in 2016, at a CAGR of 14.6%, said an official statement. MoFPI is implementing PMKSY and the period of implementation is 2016-20 with a total outlay of Rs 6,000 crore.

    "It is not correct farmers' premium has been changed. Farmers premium under the PMFBY is not going to change under any circumstances," PMFBY CEO and Joint Secretary in the Agriculture Ministry Ashish K Bhutani said at an agri-summit organised by BusinessLine newspaper.

    “Barriers to women’s involvement vary by industry and, often, reflect industry cultures as well as overarching economic and social factors … Women are preferred in teaching, clerical and low-level jobs,” the latest report says.

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