K'taka govt announces Rs 1,250 cr COVID relief package for those hit by lockdown

The Chief Minister also said a decision will be taken on extending the current lockdown, a couple of days ahead of it coming to a close on May 24.
K'taka govt announces Rs 1,250 cr COVID relief package for those hit by lockdown
File photo: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

Bengaluru

As Karnataka is battling the second wave of the pandemic, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday announced over Rs 1,250 crore relief package for those whose livelihood has been affected by COVID-19 induced lockdown.
The Chief Minister also said a decision will be taken on extending the current lockdown, a couple of days ahead of it coming to a close 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.
Speaking to reporters here, he said his government was announcing the package despite the state facing financial constraints and is standing by the people during this difficult time.
''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 in response to a question.
The state government had initially announced 14 days ''close down'' from April 27 but subsequently imposed a complete lockdown from May 10 to May 24, as the COVID cases continued to spike.
With the current lockdown ending early next week, several leaders, including ministers, have expressed themselves in favour of extending it, to control the spread of COVID.
Listing out details of the relief package, the CM said Rs 10,000 relief will be given to flower growers for per hectare loss. It will benefit about 20,000 farmers and may cost Rs 12.73 crore.
For the losses suffered by fruit and vegetable growers, Rs 10,000 per ha financial relief will be given to growers, limiting it to one hectare. He said this will benefit about 69,000 farmers and may cost Rs 69 crore.
Besides, Rs 3,000 each relief will be given to auto, taxi and maxi cab drivers who have a licence and have registered, benefiting about 2.10 lakh beneficiaries and it may cost Rs 63 crore.
Yediyurappa further said Rs 3,000 each will be given to labourers who have registered with Karnataka Building And Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, costing Rs 494 crore.
He said 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, benefiting 3.04 lakh people, and will cost about Rs 60.89 crore.
Roadside vendors, those registered under the 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 announcements.
Opposition parties including Congress have been urging the state government to provide relief to those whose livelihood has been affected by the COVID-19 induced shutdown.
The Yediyurappa government in Karnataka was one of the first state governments to announce an economic relief package during the first wave last year, even ahead of the Centre.

Related Stories

No stories found.