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Rs 23,123 crore COVID package, fund for mandis: Key decisions of Modi cabinet 2.0

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The Cabinet on Thursday announced key decisions for agriculture and health sectors. This came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi effected a major reshuffle, inducting as many as 36 new ministers. A total of 43 ministers took oath at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Wednesday as part of the mega reshuffle. 

Key decisions and announcements:

  • Won't repeal farm laws, ready to discuss other options with farmers: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

  • Rs 23,000 crore package to be given to deal with the problems that occurred in the second wave of COVID. It will be used jointly by the Central and state governments: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya

  • Rs 123 crore allocated as emergency response to fight any future fight against COVID

  • Rs 1 lakh crore infrastructure project through APMC to create infrastructure: Anurag Thakur

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The new ministers who took oath as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reshuffled cabinet yesterday assumed charge today. In a mega rejig, PM Modi brought in Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane and Jyotiraditya Scindia as Cabinet ministers while dropping as many as 12 ministers including Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar. As many as 15 Cabinet ministers, including some new faces, were sworn in at the swearing-in ceremony held in the Darbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. There are 53 union ministries. However, these ministries will be handled only by 30 Cabinet Ministers and two Ministers of State with Independent Charge.

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