COVID-19 crisis: FICCI suggests, Modi's Jan Dhan accounts can be used to provide financial aid to daily wage workers

VAMAKSHI RASTOGI 24/03/2020 14:58:17

New Delhi: The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) 

has suggested the government to use Jan Dhan accounts to provide financial aid to daily wage workers as over 500 districts in India have been put under lockdown. 


In a report, FICCI said on Monday, "One-time payment by transfer of Rs 5,000 to daily wage earners' Jan Dhan accounts (below the poverty line) to meet the daily needs in view of loss of wages due to lockdown."


FICCI also suggested, the government can also look into handing cash to low income earners. Whereas, harvesting season is about to start the government can consider special provision for those who are working in MNREGA. The industry body said a large number of informal workers could lose their jobs, the government can consider giving incentives to the employers to keep the workers amid coronavirus outbreak. 


Meanwhile, PM Modi will address the nation on March 24 as the scare of the coronavirus outbreak continues. The coronavirus has claimed 10 lives in the country and the infected cases are nearing 500 mark.



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