Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday gave credit to the farmers and taxpayers for enabling the Centre to provide free foodgrains during the COVID-19 phase to the poor and needy in the country.
"If the government today is able to provide free grains to the poor and needy today then the credit goes to two sections of people. The first are our hardworking farmers, our food providers and the second are the honest taxpayers of the country," PM Modi said.
"You have submitted your taxes honestly, fulfilled your responsibility, that is why today the country''s poor are able to fight off this big problem. Today along with each poor, every farmer, I heartily greet every taxpayer and bow down to them," he added.
The Prime Minister also announced the extension of PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana for a period of five months, keeping the upcoming festival season in mind, till November.
The Centre on Monday released guidelines for Unlock2 in which it has extended the lockdown in containment zones till July 31.
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"The credit for the way India is being able to handle this crisis goes to two categories of people. 1 - the farmers and the 2nd, the taxpayers The reason you all have paid your taxes is the reason that the poor and migrants are getting food on their plate today. You are the reason India is not going hungry. On behalf of the entire nation, I would like to thank all the farmers and the taxpayers," said PM Modi.
"We are now bringing One Nation One Ration Card. This will greatly benefit the migrant workers and their families. Keeping in mind all the festivals that are coming up in the next few months, this scheme to provide 80 crore people with 5 kg free ration and 1 kg dal per month will now be extended till Diwali and Chhatt Puja, which means till the end of November," said PM Modi.
"India's efforts has been better than many other nations across the world. However, that being said, ever since Unlock1, we have noticed a certain complacency in our attitude and our cautiousness regarding COVID-19," said Prime Minister Modi.
"We noticed that there has been a negligence on people's social and personal behaviour. Like the way we used to meticulously washed hands, used sanitisers, wore masks, maintained social distancing and avoided shaking hands, we see that that is not happening as strictly anymore," he said
"Our death rate is under control," said the Prime Minister while addressing the nation on the last day oh Unlock1.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the citizens need to be more careful as the country enters Unlock2.