The government announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package aimed at providing a safety net for those hit the hardest by the Covid-19 lockdown, along with insurance cover for frontline medical personnel. The 21-day lockdown began on March 25. 1. About 800 million people will get free cereals and cooking gas apart from cash through direct transfers for three months. 2. FM announces for 8.69 Crore farmers to get Rs 2000/- cash under PK Kisan Yojana in first week of April 3. Also, daily wage under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA) hiked by Rs 2000 per month for 5 crore families 4. Rs 1,000 ex-gratia payment to nearly 30 million poor senior citizens, widows and disabled for next three months in two instalments through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). 5. FM urges States to make use of District Mineral Fund for testing of COVID-19 patients. 6. Govt directs States to use Construction Labour Cess money to help construction workers; Kitty size is Rs 31000 Crore as on date. 7. While the government announced 20 crore woman Jan Dhan account holders to get an ex-gratia amount of Rs 500 per month for the next three months, it also doubled collateral-free loans to Rs 20 lakhs for Self Help Group women, helping 7 crore women. 8. In other major announcements, an amendment to PF regulation allowing allow non-refundable withdrawal of three months of salary or 75% of fund by employees of organised sector. 9. Further, Govt promises to pay EPFO payments on behalf of employer & employee for 3 months for establishments up to 100 employees provided 90% get less than Rs 15K salary. The minister also said that the announcements will come into effect immediately as, at this point, it is only focusing on reaching out to the people in need.