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Second tranche of economic stimulus package announced 

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  • May 15, 2020
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Second tranche of economic stimulus package announced 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Economy

In News:

  • Second tranche of economic stimulus package was recently announced. 
  • This package shall benefit migrant workers, street vendors and small farmers.

Key takeaways:

MGNREGS workers 

  • ₹10,000 crore has been spent in the last two months on creating man-days of work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) to help migrant workers.
  • The work has been offered to 2.33 crore wage seekers till May 13. 
  • About 40-50% more persons have been enrolled as compared to May last year. 
  • Universal right to minimum wages and a national floor wage are reforms which will be considered in the coming future. 

Migrant workers

  • Free foodgrains for an estimated eight crore migrant workers for next two months at a cost of ₹3,500 crore.
  • Migrant workers who do not have either Central or State Public Distribution System (PDS) card would get 5kg grains per person and 1kg of chana for two months.
  • PDS ration cards would be made portable, allowing migrant workers to use their ration cards across States. 
  • This would benefit 83% of PDS beneficiaries, in 23 States by August. 
  • By March 2021, 100% coverage under ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ will be done. 

Interest subvention on MUDRA loans

  • A 2% interest subvention (subsidy offered on interest rates) shall be given under the MUDRA-Shishu loans of up to ₹50,000.

Housing subsidy scheme extended

  • ₹70,000-crore boost to housing sector by extending the subsidy scheme for affordable housing to the middle-income group by one year to 2021.

Street vendors

  • ₹5,000-crore special credit facility for street vendors by providing them with working capital of up to ₹10,000. 

Farmers

  • ₹30,000-crore additional emergency working capital funding through the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). 
  • This loan will cover requirements of rural co-op banks and regional rural banks. This would benefit mostly small and marginal farmers. 

Important value additions:

The Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) 

  • It is a benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana under which housing loan EMIs are reduced by over Rs. 2,000 per month by offering an interest subsidy.
  • It focuses on helping
    • Middle Income Groups
    • Economically Weaker Sections
    • Lower Income Groups

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