Bhubaneswar: A week after announcing a package of Rs 1,600 crore for the cyclone Fani-affected farmers and women self-help groups (SHGs) in more five districts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday declared a special package of Rs 100 crore for street vendors, coconut growers and poultry farmers.
“Street vendors are the most vulnerable section of the urban populace. About 30,000 street vendors whose livelihood has been severely affected in 11 urban local bodies (ULBs) will be provided with a cash assistance of Rs 10,000 each to support the loss of livelihood,” announced the Chief Minister.
Apart from agriculture input subsidy and support for tree plantations and seedlings already announced on May 11, cash assistance of Rs 500 per damaged coconut tree will be provided to the affected farmers, subject to a limit of 25 trees per farmers to support their immediate livelihood, declared the Chief Minister.
“To revive the broiler units in the cyclone affected areas, each farmers will be provided an assistance of 75 per cent subsidy, limited to Rs 1 lakh per unit of 500 birds. Around 2,000 small broiler poultry units will be supported through this intervention,” said Patnaik.
“The special package for these sections of the society severely affected by Cyclone Fani will cost about Rs 100 crore, to be met from CMRF and State’s own resources,” added the CM.