Odisha News Insight

CM Patnaik announces financial assistance to 65,000 vendors amid COVID 19 lockdown

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has declared that 100 to 200 poverty-stricken people will be provided cooked food in every Gram Panchayat every day. Further, he has assured Rs 3,000 as financial aid to 65,000 registered street vendors in 114 urban regions of the state in the time of nationwide lockdown.

Patnaik has also urged the Chief Ministers of other states to extend necessary assistance to stranded Odias in their states. All Collectors and Municipal Commissioners are advised by the Odisha govt to utilise the closed down schools and hostels buildings as temporary shelters. These shelters will be used to assist the stranded migrant labourers of other states by making all basic amenities available to team till the end of the lockdown period.

“The Labour Department has already coordinated with 9,000 workers from other states stranded in Odisha. They are from Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh etc. Food, shelter and in some cases health care have been provided,” the government said.