Bihar government led by Nitish Kumar has transferred Rs 184 crores into the bank accounts of around 18 lakh ration card-holding families in the state in a bid to help them fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. Each ration card-holding family has been offered Rs 1,000 from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Besides the ration cardholders, the Bihar Chief Minister has directed the state Disaster Management officials to get in touch with every state resident stuck outside Bihar due to the ongoing lockdown. “They too will be provided Rs 1000 through Direct Bank transfer. Even by conservative estimates, the number of beneficiaries under these categories can touch two lakh people,” said a senior officer as quoted by India Today.
“We are trying to reach out to everyone hit hard by the crisis. They have the first rights over government funds. Our government will do everything that we can to support the poor,” said CM Nitish Kumar to India Today TV.