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Karnataka announces Rs 1250 crore COVID-19 relief package for people affected by lockdown

He also said that the package was announced despite the fact that the state was facing financial constraints.

File Photo of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa (Source: ANI)

New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday (May 19) announced a Rs Rs 1,250 crore relief package for those who have lost their livelihood due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. He added that a decision to extend the lockdown in the state will be taken in a couple of days. The current lockdown comes to an end on May 24.

“Our government had given financial packages to various sectors during the COVID first wave. Despite that, as the current restrictions have affected the livelihood of those with unorganised sector and farmers, to mitigate its impact we are announcing a relief programme of more than Rs 1,250 crore,” Yediyurappa said.

He also said that the package was announced despite the fact that the state was facing financial constraints.

“We have done the best we can within the current financial limitations, and will consider if any further needs to be done in the future,” he said.

Karnataka went into lockdown on April 27 for 14 days but was extended by the state governments amid a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Several ministers in the state are in favour of extending the lockdown to control the spread of the pandemic.

Furthermore, JD (S) leader and former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on May 17 had said that the lockdown should be extended keeping in mind the livelihood of the people.

Under the relief packages Rs 10,000 financial relief will be given to 69,000 farmers, limiting it to one hectare at an estimated cost of Rs 69 crores.

Rs 3,000 each relief will be given to auto, taxi and maxi cab drivers who have licence and have registered. These will help 2.1 lakh people and will cost Rs 63 crores.

Furthermore, a sum of Rs 3,000 each will be given to labourers who have registered with Karnataka Building And Other Construction Workers Welfare Board. This will cost a total of Rs 494 crores.

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In addition, Rs 2,000 each will be given to those under unorganised sector like barbers, washermen, tailor, porters, ragpickers, potters, goldsmiths, mechanics, blacksmith, household workers, cobblers, among others. This will benefit 3.04 lakh people, and will cost about Rs 60.89 crore.

Roadside vendors, those registered under Aatma Nirbhar package will be given Rs 2,000 each, he said, adding that it will benefit about 2.20 lakh people and cost Rs 44 crore.

Also artists and art teams will be given Rs 3,000 each, benefiting 16,095 beneficiaries and will cost Rs 4.82 crore, he further added, while listing out several other

Karnataka government was also the first government to announce a financial package during the first wave. The package was announced even before the Union government’s relief package.

With inputs from PTI

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