Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is all set to address media at 1 pm today. This will be the second media briefing of the finance minister within a week. Earlier, in a tweet announcing the timing of her briefing via video conference, Nirmala Sitharaman said she would make some announcements about statutory and regulatory compliance matters in context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nirmala Sitharaman announces Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package after coronavirus hits India hard
Mar 26, 2020, 02:17 PM
The central government has directed the state government to utilise the mineral fund for supplementing all types of medical and screening activities necessary to fight the spread of coronavirus.
Mar 26, 2020, 02:08 PM
All announcements to be applicable immediately
FM Sitharaman said that today's announcements will be rolled out immediately.
Mar 26, 2020, 02:07 PM
Collateral free loan for women self-help groups upto Rs 20 lakh
The Finance Minister announced that women self help groups can now avail collateral free loans up to Rs 20 lakh. Earlier the limit used to Rs 10 lakh.
Mar 26, 2020, 02:06 PM
District mineral fund to be utilised for healthcare facility
Government asks state governments to utilise the district mineral fund healthcare facility amid coronavirus scare.
Mar 26, 2020, 02:05 PM
Rs 31,000 crore fund to benefit construction workers
Centre asks states to utilise Rs 31,000 crore fund to benefit construction workers to benefit 3.5 crore such workers.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:59 PM
Government to contribute 12% from the employee and employer side to the PF, for firms having less than 100 employees.
Government will contribute 12% from the employer side and 12% from the employee side to PF accounts. This for those firms where there are less than 100 employees, 90% of who draw less than 15,000 per month in wages.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:58 PM
EPFO schemes regulation will be amended to allow the non-refundable advance of 75% of the standing amount
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, EPFO schemes regulation will be amended to allow the non-refundable advance of 75% of the standing amount or three month wages, whicever is lower. This will benefit 4.8 crore workers.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:56 PM
Government will pay the EPF contribution
The government will pay the EPF contribution, both of the employer and employee, ie. 24% for the next three months. This is for all those establishments which have upto 100 employees, out of which 90% employees draw less than Rs 15,000 per month.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:51 PM
FM doubles collateral-free loans to Rs 20 lakh for Self Help Group women
Collateral free loans doubled to Rs 20 lakhs for Self Help Group women, to help 7 crore women.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:49 PM
8.3 crore BPL family will get free LPG cylinders
To provide an adequate supply of cooking gas, for the next three months 8.3 crore BPL family will get free cylinders.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:47 PM
Woman Jan Dhan account holders will get an ex-gratia amount of Rs 500 per month
20 crore woman Jan Dhan account holders will get an ex-gratia amount of Rs 500 per month for the next three months, to fight coronavirus.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:45 PM
Senior citizens, widows, and Divyangs to get one-time additional payment of Rs 1000
Senior citizens, widows, and Divyangs to get one-time additional payment of Rs 1000 in two installments for the next three months. This is expected to benefit 3 crore such people under Direct Benefit Transfer.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:44 PM
FM Sitharaman's package to help directly affected, migrants workers, urban and rural poor.
"We have come with a package that will immediately help those affected directly, those migrants workers, urban and rural poor. We are looking both at cash transfers as well as food security measures," Sitharaman said.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:41 PM
FM announces immediate transfer of Rs 2000 to farmers
FM announces immediate release of Rs 2000 to directly benefit 8.69 crore farmers.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:41 PM
Cash transfer based on DBT
Farmers who get Rs 6,000 annually under PM-Kisan will get first installment of Rs 2,000 in addition which will be given immediately in the first week of April.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:38 PM
5 kg rice, wheat free for 80 crore people for three months
Under Pradhanmantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, 5 kg rice or wheat will be given for free for the next three months. Besides, 1 kg pulse available regionally will also be given for free to 80 crore people.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:38 PM
5 KG additional rice or wheat per household to be given by the Government
For the next three months an addition 5KG of rice or wheat will be given free by the government ot the poor.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:33 PM
Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyaan Ann Yojana
80 crore poor people - nearly two thirds of the population - will get five kg of rice or wheat per month, in addition to the 5 kg they already receive, for free.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:31 PM
Govt announces medical insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh
FM Sitharaman has announced Rs 50 lakh medical cover for government's sanitation workers, ASHA workers, doctors, paramedics, others, if they need it.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:30 PM
Nirmala Sitharaman announces economic package of Rs 1.70 lakh crore, to help especially migrant workers, poor
Mar 26, 2020, 01:28 PM
Government Announces Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Scheme
“It’s only 36 hours since the lockdown has been imposed. Now we have come with a package which immediately take care of the welfare concerns of the poor and suffering workers and those who need immediate help,” Sitharaman said. The package will include cash transfer and food subsidy, she said.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:22 PM
Quick Recap -No charge on ATM transaction
The minister announced in her last press conference that all debit card holders can withdraw cash from any bank free of charge. This was announced as the nation was going under lockdown and people could only withdraw cash from their nearest bank or ATM.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:21 PM
Quick Recap - GST filing deadline extended
In her last press conference, the FM announced that the last date for filing GST returns for March, April and May was extended to June 30. The previous date for filing of GST returns was March 31, 2020. The deadline for composition returns on GST was also extended to June 30.
Mar 26, 2020, 01:12 PM
Stimulus plan could be as large as 2.3 trillion rupees
One of the sources, a senior government official, said the stimulus plan could be as large as 2.3 trillion rupees, but final numbers were still in discussion, Reuters reported.
Mar 26, 2020, 12:37 PM
In a media presser on March 24, the FM announced the extension of four income-tax related deadlines as well waived two banking-related charges.
Mar 26, 2020, 12:31 PM
Govt monitoring availability of essential commodities in market, says Ram Vilas Paswan
Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Wednesday said the government is monitoring the availability of essential commodities in the market amid nationwide lockdown for next 21 days to check the spread of coronavirus outbreak.
Mar 26, 2020, 12:27 PM
Relief packages for MSMEs, daily wage workers on cards?
While the daily wage workers are left without jobs and stuck mid-way, FM Sitharaman may announce a relief package for the daily wage workers. Besides, announcements can also be regarding injecting liquidity in the market. The government has been in consultation with the Reserve bank of India, capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India.