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Spirit of Maths teacher in corona war

The coronavirus pandemic has gripped the whole world in its claws. In such a crucial time, along with the governments, several people and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have been coming together to fight the virus in their own possible ways.

One such corona warrior is 85-years-old Maths teacher Saroja Sundararajan who has been contributing towards the Covid-19 funds by selling fun math activity sheets. It is a great example of a popular saying,’ where there is a will there is a way’.

Her passion for Maths helped her in exploring an innovative way to help those in need. As a teacher, she knows that students can better learn Maths concepts through fun techniques and interactive sessions. She has made learning of Maths for the students as easy and interesting as possible.

She integrates the subject with Art to enhance its beauty. She has started a website called Math Funds India. She used to introduce practical activities in classroom. The Department of Education of Delhi got so much impressed with her skills that they often sent their officers to attend her innovative classes.

She is the first Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) teacher to be awarded the Best Teacher’s National Award by President Zail Singh in 1986. She believes that every teacher should enter into the class with an interesting little idea of a story, a puzzle, a riddle or even an activity. This will definitely grab the children’s attention and they will start loving the subject.

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Stimulus package

It is a package of economic measures put by the government to stimulate and strengthen the struggling economy. In this COVID -19 crisis, every country brought stimulus package to revive it’s economy. Recently, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan stimulus package of Rs. 20 lakh crores which is equivalent to 10% of India’s GDP.

It has broadly two objectives

  1. Minimising the human cost of COVID -19
  2. Converting this crisis into an opportunity by implementing structural reforms.

The stimulus package consists of fiscal support, monetary support, ease of doing business and some reforms such as

  1. The definition of MSME has been revised and the government will provide collateral free automatic loans of Rs. 3 lakh crore for a four – year tenure. There will be no principal repayment for one year.
  2. Government has reduced TDS rates by 25% and this will be enforced till March 31, 2021.
  3. Rs. 1.7 lakh package was given as relief under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package.
  4. Insurance cover of Rs. 50 lakh will be given to every health worker.
  5. Under MNREGA, wages have been increased from Rs 182 to Rs 202.
  6. Poor senior citizens, poor divyang workers and poor widows will be paid Rs 1000.
  7. Farmers will be paid Rs 2000 under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Yojana.
  8. RBI has reduced Cash Reserve Ratio and due dates of all IT Return filings have been extended from July 31 to Nov. 30, 2020.