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LIVE: Finance Minister Sitharaman’s second press conference on the 20 lakh crore package in a while

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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that today’s conference focuses on migrant workers, roadside stalls or street vendors, small traders, self-employed people and small farmers. The Finance Minister said that migrant laborers will be provided free grain by July. In this, ration will also be given to the card holder as well as those without the card. 5 kilos of wheat and rice along with one kg of gram per family will be given. The central government will bear the entire cost of free food grains. In this, ration will also be given to the card holder as well as those without the card. This will benefit 8 crore laborers. Under this, only one ration card will be valid in the whole country.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the states helped the farmers with Rs 6700 crore. This help was provided through agricultural products and in other ways. Money was sent directly to the farmers’ account. Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said that for 3 crore farmers who have been given the benefit of agricultural loan of 4,22,000 crore. It has a loan mortuary for the last three months. Assisted on interest. 25 lakh new Kisan Credit Card has been approved, whose limit will be 25000 crore. The Minister of State for Finance said that a working capital of 6700 crores has also been made available to the states for the purchase of agricultural products.

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The Finance Minister said that we are taking care of the migrant laborers. Arrangements are being made for living, eating and money for the homeless. The government is concerned about the migration of migrant laborers. With the help of MNREGA, the government has brought the plan. The states will be helped through the MNREGA Act. States have been asked to provide jobs to migrant laborers. The average wage has been increased from 182 to 202 rupees. 2.33 crore migrant laborers have been employed in various states.

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