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Maharashtra: Over 9 lakh workers receive INR 5,000 as financial aid

According to reports, there are 13 lakh registered building and construction workers in the state and a sum of INR 137.61 crores has been kept aside for them.

Maharashtra: Over 9 lakh workers receive INR 5,000 as financial aid
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In recent developments, at least 9.17 lakh construction workers across Maharashtra have received an amount of INR 5,000 in the last four days by the state government in order for them to cope with the second wave of the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown.

According to reports, there are 13 lakh registered building and construction workers in the state and a sum of INR 137.61 crores has been kept aside to help them tide over financial difficulties in the face of restrictions imposed in the state. Moreover, the one-time payment of INR 5,000 has been directly credited to their bank accounts.

Meanwhile, along with free healthcare for the workers, free cooked meals are being provided twice a day to workers at their homes/construction sites in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Pune and Nagpur.

Earlier on April 13, 2021, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced curfew-like restrictions across the state. This has been applicable from 8 pm on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, and with this, the government aims to break the chain of coronavirus infection. In addition, section 144 has been imposed whereby only essential services will be allowed during the specified time.

While making this announcement, the Chief Minister had announced a financial package of INR 5,476 crores which will benefit some sections of the society. He interacted with the people through social media and mentioned that 3 kg wheat, 2 kg rice will be provided at no cost, under the food security scheme, with an aim to offer assistance in these tough times.

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