Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday sought Parliament’s approval for extra spending of Rs 2.4 lakh crore, out of which the cash outgo totaled Rs 1.7 lakh crore, largely for meeting expenditure linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first batch of supplementary demand of grants presented in Parliament, the Center has sought Rs 40,000 crore for increased spending under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGA), Rs 20,000 crore for infusion in public sector banks (PSBs) to enable them to meet regulatory requirements and Rs 33,772 crore for direct benefit transfer under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and National Social Assistance Programme.