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Naveen Patnaik Announces Rs 100 Crore Package for Cyclone Hit Vendors, Farmers

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced Rs 100 crore package for street vendors, poultry farmers and coconut farmers who were affected by cyclonic storm Fani.

The special package will be met from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) and state’s own resources.

As many as 30,000 street vendors whose livelihood has been severely affected in 11 Urban Local Bodies will be provided with cash assistance of Rs 10,000 each to support them, said Patnaik.

Besides this, keeping in view of the massive electrical restoration work, the state government has decided to pay the wage to labourers at 150 per cent of rate fixed by the Labour Department.

While unskilled labourer will get Rs 420 per day, it has been fixed Rs 480 for semi-skilled and Rs 555 for skilled labour.

To revive broiler poultry units in the cyclone-affected areas, each farmer will be provided with an assistance of 75 per cent subsidy limited to Rs 1 lakh per unit of 500 birds, the Odisha Chief Minister said.

“Around 2,000 small broiler poultry units will be supported through this intervention. This special package will cost about Rs 100 crore to be met from CMRF and state’s own resources.” Patnaik further said.

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