WHO praises PM Narendra Modi’s effort to help poor amid COVID-19 outbreak

World Health Organisation chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to help the poor amid the lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Countries are asking people to #stayhome and shutting down population movement to limit #COVID19 transmission. These steps can have unintended consequences for the poorest and most vulnerable," said Dr Ghebreyesus on Twitter.

He then went on to praise Modi for the relief package he announced providing  food rations, cash transfers and free cooking gas.

"My appreciation to Prime Minister @narendramodi for announcing a $24 billion package to support Flag of India's vulnerable populations during #COVID19 crisis, including: free food rations for 800M disadvantaged people; cash transfers to 204M poor women and; free cooking gas for 80M households," said the WHO chief. 

The Indian government last week had announced an INR 1.7 lakh-crore fiscal stimulus package to help the poor and migrants tackle the difficulties arising out of the 21-day lockdown in India.