New Delhi, 26 March | ActionAid Association offers all its support to the Government in the battle against Corona Virus and ensuring impact of the necessary lockdown is minimal in the lives of vulnerable
ActionAid Association welcomes the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana, a Rs 1.7 lakh crore welfare package for low-income households and people living in poverty, who have been hit hard by the economic disruption caused by the necessary containment measures put in place to fight the spread of Covid-19, as announced by Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister today.
The measures cover a variety of sectors where a large population of India’s informal workers are employed. The welfare package is in line with several of the suggestions that ActionAid Association (AAA) had submitted to the Covid-19 Economic Response Task Force on 25th March 2020, and what many civil society organisations and economists have been recommending.
The welfare package is a welcome start; and more may need to be done to curtail the economic devastation and social breakdown we may witness over the coming weeks, even as we prepare our healthcare systems to cope with the scale of the crisis. Our assessment of the impact of the very necessary lockdown to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus, is that the full package would entail increasing the quantum and extent of financial support, especially for those who are currently out of existing social safety nets. We would like to highlight the following points that may require additional measures in relation to the specific announcements made today regarding the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana: –
AAA welcomes the Finance Minister’s statement that the economic task force will continue to monitor the situation closely and would be announcing further measures to protect the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable and marginalised. We await these and other urgent steps for strengthening community level preparedness at the block, ward and district levels.
In addition to insurance, we await other urgent steps, especially for ensuring the protection of frontline staff including ASHA workers, aanganwadis, ANMs, and sanitation workers, and for strengthening community-level preparedness at the block and district levels.
ActionAid Association offers all its support to the Governments efforts of containing the spread of the Covid-19 virus and reaching out to ensure that the impact of the necessary lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus, is minimal in the lives of vulnerable communities as identified by the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Yojana.
About ActionAid Association
ActionAid India has been working in solidarity with vulnerable communities in India since 1972. It currently works in 24 States and two Union Territories, with more than 250 partners and allied organisations. ActionAid Association, was registered as an Indian organisation in 2006 and seeks to ensure that the poorest and marginalised have access to the fruits of development, and legal and Constitutional rights to food and livelihood, shelter, education, healthcare, dignity and a voice in decisions. ActionAid Assopciation works with organisations, institutions, government ministries and its various commissions at the State and Union levels to achieve this.
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