Naveen announces Rs 100 Cr livelihood programme for economically weaker sections

Bhubaneswar: Covid-19 is not only a health crisis but also an economic and social crisis.The coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has been characterised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), is attacking societies at their core.
The COVID-19 outbreak affects all segments of the population and is particularly detrimental to members of those social groups in the most vulnerable situations.
With an initiative to help the people of economically backward classes in the state, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced livelihood programme worth Rs 100 crore.
The programmme under ‘Urban Wage Employment Initiative’ will generate employment for 4.50 lakh families residing in 114 municipal areas across the state.
With cooperation of Mission Shakti groups, the programme will be implemented from this month till September this year.Under the programme, poor, labourers and daily wage workers will be engaged in various works like sanitization of drains, digging and renovation of water bodies, development of playgrounds and various sports infrastructures, construction of public toilets and beautification of urban areas.
Besides, local artistes will be given opportunity for doing wall paintings/murals.
Wage of the beneficiaries will be directly transferred to their bank accounts every week.
However, the workers will be asked to make sure that they maintain social distance and adhere to other guidelines of COVID-19 while working.
Odisha CM hoped that the programme will help the economically weaker section of the society.

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