India-World Bank: Social Protection Response Programme

News:The World Bank has announced a $1 billion assistance under the proposed Accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Programme.


  • Aim: To support India’s efforts at providing social assistance to the poor and vulnerable households severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Implementation: It will be implemented by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
  • Funding: It will be funded in two phases – an immediate allocation of $750 million for fiscal year 2020 and a $250 million second tranche that will be made available for fiscal year 2021:
    • The first phase will be implemented through the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana(PMGKY). 
    • In the second phase, additional cash and in-kind benefits based on local needs will be extended through state governments and portable social protection delivery systems.