Centre's economic package will benefit state, says Dr RK Ranjan

IMPHAL, 14th May: Hailing the Rs 20 lakh crore economic package announced by the central government, Lok Sabha MP Dr RK Ranjan has said that the state government will do the needful to bring benefits of the package to the people of the state.
Addressing a press meet at BJP Manipur Pradesh office here on Thursday, Dr Ranjan recalled that during his address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave emphasis on using domestic products to bring improvement in the economy. As such, the state government can also capitalise on the new focus towards domestic products and promote the Make in Manipur initiative. The PM also gave special focus on MSMEs, which is one of the most important sectors of the country’s economy next to agriculture, he said.
Dr Ranjan further maintained that finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman gave the details of utilising the Rs 20 lakh crore economic package, which would follow nine steps towards realising the self-reliant India movement. As part of the initiative, the central government has introduced one nation, one ration card system and digitisation of ration card will be completed by August this year. Implementing such system will ensure migrant labourers their share of PDS rice anywhere in the country, he assured.
Among the worst-hit sections of people by the lockdown are the migrant workers. Keeping in view of their hardships, the central government had taken up initiative to reduce their rent fee by half. At the same time, there are plans of affordable housing scheme under PM Awas Yojana. An ordinance will also be promulgated to provide rent at minimal rate by industry and factory owners at suitable space. To meet the immediate demand of living space for the migrants, the government is planning to utilise unused government buildings to house them, he added.
Migrants now can take Rs 15,000 loan under MUDRA with a moratorium of three months and the central government is targeting to cover 3 crore migrant workers. As per official record, there are around 50 lakh street vendors and a fund of Rs 50,000 crore has been earmarked for street vendors under the economic package from which street vendors can get quick loan of Rs 10,000. Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Fund will be allowed to use for funding gardening and afforestation projects for tribal, and people of urban and semi-urban areas, he added.
The Rs 90 crore corpus fund for farmers at NABARD has been enhanced by another Rs 30 crore for providing assistance to the farmers under special benefit scheme. There are plans of transferring the Rs 6000 benefits for farmers under PM-KISAN at one go very soon. Besides there are plans of providing financial assistance to fish farmers, Dr RK Ranjan added.

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