As per the reports from The Hindu,
The money will also be used for reforms in the social security net, making it more integrated, portable, and focussed on urban poor. The Government of India is getting another $1 billion loan from the World Bank to support its COVID-19 relief measures and financial assistance for the poorest and most vulnerable communities. The money will also be used for reforms in the social security net, making it more integrated, portable, and focussed on the urban poor.
The loan was approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Thursday, an official statement said.
Last month, the bank approved a $1 billion loan to support the health sector.
The new support will be funded in two phases. An allocation of $750 million — more than ₹5,600 crore — will be made immediately to help fund the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, which the Centre announced in March to scale up cash transfers and free food grain distribution to vulnerable communities, pensioners and poor workers, and provide insurance support to health workers.
The second phase will provide $250 million — almost ₹1,900 crore — post-July, which will fund additional cash and in-kind benefits based on local needs through the State governments and portable social protection delivery systems.
World Bank’s India director Junaid Ahmad said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has also put the spotlight on some of the gaps in the existing social protection systems. This program will support the Government of India’s efforts towards a more consolidated delivery platform – accessible to both rural and urban populations across state boundaries.”
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