India to Spend $22.5 Billion to Help Poor Survive Coronavirus Shutdown

NEW DELHI—India’s government Thursday unveiled $22.5 billion in spending to help the country’s poor survive the nationwide shutdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the South Asian nation would boost the amount of food and cash it gives to the two-thirds of the country’s 1.3 billion citizens who are most vulnerable.


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