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Odisha Govt Announces Social Security Benefits, Special Covid Help For Newspaper Vendors

In a major decision, the government of Odisha on Tuesday announced it would provide social security benefits and special Covid assistance to newspaper peddlers in the state.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced the social security system and recognizes the important role that newsagents play in the dissemination of information, said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

Under the scheme, all street vendors registered under the Odisha Unorganized Workers Social Security Board will receive Social Security benefits. A peddler’s family gets an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh in case of accidental death and Rs 1 lakh for natural death.

Likewise, street vendors who are completely disabled by an accident will be paid Rs 1.5 lakh. In case of partial disability, the loss of both organs (loss of both limbs) will be Rs 80,000 and that of those who have lost one organ (loss of one limb) will be Rs 40,000.

Given the financial difficulties they are facing due to Covid, the government has decided to grant special aid of Rs 3000 to all registered newsagents in two phases. The aid will be released from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

The state government has also decided to build work sheds for the peddlers at the subdivision and district levels. In addition, the CM has instructed the Information and Public Relations Department to establish a digital database of street vendors at the state and district levels and provide their ID cards.