Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
Amid the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank has approved $1 billion aid to support India’s efforts for providing social assistance to poor and vulnerable households. The social protection package for India is linked to central government’s progammes.
World Bank said that the billion-dollar social protection package was in addition to previous, package of $1 billion allocated to India for COVID-19 emergency response, and health systems last month.
The World Bank’s billion-dollar support for social protection will help India leverage it’s PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, said World Bank Country Director (India) Junaid Kamal Ahmad.
This new support will be funded in two phases — an immediate allocation of $750 million for fiscal year 2020 and a $250 million second tranche that will make available for fiscal year 2021.