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FM Nirmala Sitharaman on Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: 50 lakh/person medical insurance for docs, nurses, paramedical staff, ASHA workers & sanitation workers

New Delhi, Mar 26: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman today announced that 50 lakh per person medical insurance cover would be given to doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and ASHA workers and sanitation workers working during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

About 20 lakh would be benefited with the scheme.

She announced the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana’ for Rs 1.7 lakh crore which includes food security and cash transfers.

Under the scheme, 80 crore people will be benefitted, said the Finance Minister adding that, “Everyone under the scheme will get 5 kg of wheat/rice for free in addition to what they are already getting. We will also give one kg of one choice of pulse to each household under this scheme for the next three months. They can take it in two installments also”.

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