India will provide free food grains to millions of migrant workers hardest hit by a weeks-long lockdown as well as offer employment under a rural jobs program, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday.
The government will spend 35 billion rupees ($463.06 million) on food for nearly 80 million migrant workers over the next two months, Sitharaman told a news conference.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday 20 trillion rupee ($266 billion) fiscal and monetary package to prop up the ailing economy. (AP)
In an address to the nation on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the package was equivalent to 10 percent of India’s gross domestic product, and was meant to support workers and businesses reeling from the impact of the prolonged shutdown.