Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced a package for the street vendors who suffered due to the lockdown/shutdown clamped in the State to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
Patnaik has announced for a financial assistance of Rs 26.29 crores for livelihood support of the urban street vendors whose business and livelihood took a hit during the second wave of the pandemic, as per a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
The financial assistance will be provided from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. “As many as 87, 657 street vendors will be benefited from the special package,” the statement added.
It is pertinent to mention here that thousands of small traders as well as street vendors, who used to eke out living by selling various products, were adversely hit due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown.
The State government had extended the lockdown in several districts till June 17, 2021 following a steep rise in Covid-19 cases in the second wave. Though groceries and other shops selling essential items have been allowed to do business till 11 am, most of the other street vendors were hit hard by such lockdown restrictions.