Amid COVID-19 lockdown, Karnataka govt announces Rs 1,610-crore relief package

South India

The Karnataka government has announced a special economic package of Rs 1,610 crore to give relief to those in distress due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown.


According to the report, the relief package benefiting farmers, MSMEs, handloom weavers, flower growers, washermen, farmers, MSMEs, handloom weavers, flower growers, washermen, barbers, auto and taxi drivers among others.

As per the state government's statement, over 60,000 washermen, 2.30 lakh barbers and 7.75 lakh auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers to get Rs 5,000 as a one-time compensation.

In addition, Rs 25,000 per hectare compensation will be given to flower growers.  Horticulture farmers to also get a package, but the government is still studying this.

The fixed monthly charge on the electricity bills of MSMEs will also be waived for two months. Electricity bill payments for large industries to be deferred for two months.

Construction labourers to get an additional Rs 3,000. They’ve already been given Rs 2,000.  

The government is also starting a new scheme, Nekaar Samman Yojana, under which weavers will get Rs 2,000 financial aid every year. 


With inputs from media reports

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