The government of Odisha has set an example of good governance by announcing aid measures for newspaper peddlers in the state. All newsagents are identified and registered. The administration of this is kept digitally by the Information and PR department and they are issued with an identity card.
“Newspaper peddlers registered with Odisha Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Board (OUWSSB) will be provided with Social Security. Under the scheme, in case of death of a hawker due to an accident, assistance of Rs 2 lakh will be provided to their following relatives and in case of natural death, an assistance of Rs 1 lakh will be provided,” said a statement released by the Chief Minister’s office, as reported by The Indian Express.
Benefits under the scheme
If a newspaper seller has an accident and has a permanent disability, he/she will receive a social assistance benefit of Rs 1.5 lakh. In case of partial disability (loss of both limbs), the person will receive assistance of Rs 80,000 and in case of partial disability (loss of one limb), the person will receive assistance of Rs 40,000.
The government of Odisha is also going to provide a special aid of Rs 3,000 each to all registered newsagents in two phases from the Chief Ministers emergency fund.
“The pandemic affected newspaper circulation and indirectly also street vendors. They fulfill a crucial function and it was felt that they should also be covered by a social security scheme,” a senior CMO official told The Indian Express.
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