Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has decided provide a maintenance allowance of Rs 1,000 for one month to the poor and weaker sections of the society, amid lockdown.
The beneficiaries will include small shopkeepers, daily wage labourers, rickshaw / e-rickshaw pullers, barbers, washermen, cobblers, confectioners etc. who have been badly affected in the Corona curfew.
The Yogi Adityanath government has also announced free ration to eligible Antyodaya and household ration card holders for three months. Community kitchens will also to remain functional for the poor.
"The decision has been taken in view of the hardship being faced by the poor and needy people in the situation arising out of the Covid. It will benefit about 15 crore people of the state," the government spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the state had extended the curfew till may 24 considering the rise in cases.