Bhubaneshwar: With another salvo at his opponents ahead of the start of the winter session of the Odisha assembly tomorrow, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a social security scheme for newsagents, taking into account their role and struggle to keep people connected to the news.
Under the scheme, newspaper vendors registered with the Odisha Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Board (OUWSSB) will be provided with Social Security. Under the scheme, in the event of the death of a newsboy as a result of an accident, assistance of Rs 2 lakh will be provided to the next of kin of the deceased and in case of natural death, assistance of Rs 1 lakh will be provided.
Likewise, in case of permanent disability due to an accident, a newspaper seller will receive assistance of Rs 1.5 lakh, and 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 gets help of Rs 40,000.
Furthermore, given that they are in economic difficulties due to Covid, it has been decided to provide special assistance of Rs 3,000 each to all registered newsagents in two phases.
The aid will be provided from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).
Since newsagents often face problems in their work and to solve them, the state government has decided to build suitable work sheds for them at the sub-department and district level.
The Chief Minister has instructed the Information & Public Relations Department to manage a digital database of state and district-level street hawkers and verify these district-level peddlers and issue them with ID cards.