PM Cares fund provides 3,100 cr INR to fight COVID -19, 1,000cr INR for relief of migrant workers

PM CARES Fund (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund Trust) created on March 27 to fight COVID-19 has pledged 3,100 crore rupees for the fight against coronavirus. Out of this amount, about 2,000  crore INR will be earmarked for the purchase of ventilators, 1,000 INR  crore will be utilized for the care of migrant labourers and 1,000 crore rupees will be given to support vaccine development, says a PIB statement.  The trust is headed by Prime Minister and other ex-officio Members of the trust are Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. “For augmenting the infrastructure to tackle COVID-19 cases across the country, 50 thousand Made-in-India ventilators will be purchased from PM CARES Fund at a cost of approximately 2000 Crore rupees. These ventilators will be provided to government-run COVID hospitals in all States and UTs, for better treatment of the critical COVID-19 cases, PIB said. For strengthening the existing measures being taken for the welfare of the migrants and poor, the States and Union Territories will be given a lump sum assistance of total 1,000 Crore rupees from PM CARES Fund. This amount would be provided to the State Governments and UTs to place it at the disposal of the District Collectors, Municipal Commissioners for strengthening their efforts in providing accommodation facilities, making food arrangements, providing medical treatment and making transportation arrangements of the migrants. Indian academia, start-ups and industry have come together in cutting-edge vaccine design and development. To support the COVID-19 vaccine designers and developers, 100 crore rupees will be given from PM CARES Fund as a helping hand to catalyse vaccine development for utilizing under the supervision of the Principal Scientific Advisor.

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