Rs 1 Lakh Relief to BPL Families who Lost Earning Member to Covid-19: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

Rs 1 Lakh Relief to BPL Families who Lost Earning Member to Covid-19: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa File photo of Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa (Source: BS Yediyurappa/ Twitter)

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday announced Rs one lakh relief to each of the families under Below Poverty Line (BPL) which lost an earning or adult member due to Covid-19.

“Due to Covid-19, many families are in trouble. Keeping this in mind, we have decided to give Rs one lakh to each of such BPL families, which lost their ”adult member”,” he told reporters.

He also said that the decision will benefit about 25,000 to 30,000 such families incurring an expenditure of Rs 250 crore to Rs 300 crore to the state exchequer. In a tweet on Monday, Yediyurappa said, “Every BPL family which has lost an adult member due to Covid-19 would be provided an ex-gratia of Rs. 1 lakh. Our government stands in full solidarity with the families affected by the pandemic and will extend all possible support to ensure their well-being.”

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On June 2, the Yediyurappa government announced a second economic support package aimed at providing relief to more than 62 lakh citizens, including 56 lakh children in the state. Total support of more than Rs.1650 Crores – which includes first and second packages – will help those facing hardships during the pandemic, Karnataka Chief Minister Office said.

Meanwhile, speaking about the alleged adulteration of milk in Mandya District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Society, Yediyurappa said the Criminal Investigation Department will probe the matter.

He said a new managing director has been appointed to the Society and five officials, who are facing inquiry, have been placed under suspension.

Further, a probe has also been ordered against some dairy cooperative societies, which allegedly indulged in adulteration.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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