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Nirmala Sitharaman press conference LIVE: Government announces Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package for poor

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package for the poor to help them deal with the impact of coronavirus outbreak.

With the coronavirus lockdown hitting everyone – particularly the poor – these relief measures were widely expected.

It comes at a time when countries across the world are rolling out measures to help their citizens. The US, most noticeably, will be pledging an unprecedented 2.2 trillion dollars.