Recognizing their contribution to spreading news and information to people, the Odisha government announced a social security scheme for newsagents in the state on Tuesday, according to an official statement.
Under the scheme, the next of kin of newsagents will receive financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively in the event of an accident and natural death.
“Hawkers play an important role in spreading information and news. In the hot summer, rain and winter they start working before sunrise. “Given their role and struggle in connecting the public to the news, Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced a social security scheme for the newsagents,” the statement said.
Hawkers registered under the Odisha Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Board will receive the benefits.
According to the scheme, street vendors maimed by accidents will receive assistance between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 40,000 depending on the disability incurred.
Given the financial difficulties they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been decided to provide special aid of Rs 6,000 to all registered newsagents in two phases, the statement said. The aid will be provided from the Chief Minister’s emergency fund, it said.
The prime minister also instructed the Ministry of Information and Public Relations to prepare a digital database of state and district-level street vendors and provide them with identity cards.
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