New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced during his address to the nation on Monday that free ration will continue till Diwali in the wake of the second wave of the coronavirus.
“Today, the central government has decided that the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana will be extended till Diwali. During this time of the crisis, the government is with the poor. Free food grains will be available in fixed quantity every month for over 800 million citizens till November,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister addressed the country over the prevailing Covid-19 crisis in the country. Modi said Covid-19 is the biggest epidemic in the last century and India tackled it on a war footing.
“New health infrastructure has been developed in the 1.5 years with Covid hospitals, ventilators beds, to preparing a network of testing labs. During the 2nd wave in April-May, demand for medical oxygen increased at an unprecedented rate,” Modi added.
The Union government has also decided to take back the reign of vaccination from states.
Modi announced that from June 21, the Centre will procure 75 per cent of vaccines from manufacturers and provide them to the states free for vaccination of above 18 category.
The rest 25 per cent will be left for private hospitals to get directly from manufacturers.
Till date, the Centre was procuring 50 per cent of available vaccines while 25 per cent was left for states to acquire and the remaining 25 per cent for private hospitals.