Odisha CM announces financial assistance for 65,000 lockdown affected street vendors


Bhubaneswar: A day after announcing a Rs 2,200 crore package for the poor, old-age persons and construction workers in the State, who bore the brunt of the ongoing 21-day countrywide lockdown, which has been enforced to contain the spread of Covid-19, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced further assistance for lockdown affected persons.

‘The Odisha Government will give Rs 3,000 each to 65,000 street vendors across 114 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the State and cooked meal to 10 lakh destitute during the lockdown,” announced said Patnaik in a video message released by his office.

Patnaik said cooked food for 100-200 persons will be given in every panchayat through Self-Help Groups (SHGs).

The State Government has already announced three months advance rations for the 94 lakh households covered under the national and food security schemes. Each of the 94 lakh families will also receive financial assistance of Rs 1000 as per the package.

Under the food security schemes, the beneficiaries are getting rice or wheat of 5 kg per person/month at Rs 1 per kg. Around 22 lakh construction workers will also get financial assistance of Rs 1500 each.

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