Odisha CM announces financial aid for street vendors

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced special financial aid to street vendors on Friday from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

The aid will be provided to roadside vendors since their source of livelihood was affected to a gret extent during the Covid lockdown.

The Odisha government was forced to impose the Covid shut down due to the rise in infections.

The aim is to benefit 1.01 Lakh street vendors in Odisha. The livelihoods of the poor roadside vendors were severely affected due to the lockdowns.

It is noteworthy that, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced special financial assistance to newspaper hawkers from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

Reportedly, an assistance of Rs 3,000 each was provided to all registered newspaper hawkers today, in the first phase.

A total amount of Rs. 6000 shall be given to the beneficiaries.

CM Naveen Patnaik also announced assistance of Rs 2 lakh for accidental deaths, Rs 1 lakh for natural deaths, and Rs 1.5 lakh for disability.

It is to be noted that the Chief Minister began the first phase of distribution on Thursday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the distribution of livelihood assistance of Rs 1,000 to each beneficiary covered under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY).

The funds will also be distributed to the beneficiaries covered under the National Food Security Act and State Food Security Scheme.

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