The move of the State Government will benefit around 1.1 lakh street vendors currently operating in the State.
While making the announcement for cash benefit through video conferencing, Naveen laid emphasis on the value of the street vendors in rural economy by saying, despite the presence of big shopping malls and retail outlets in the towns they will remain a part of life here forever.
Reiterating that the financial assistance is to secure the livelihood of the street vendors badly hit by Covid, Naveen said the government is always with them and therefore a decision has been taken to construct vending zones across 87 urban areas with an estimated cost of Rs 60 cr.
Notably, the registered street vendors in the State had received Rs 6,000 each in two phases in March 2020 and June 2021.
On Thursday, the Special Covid Assistance announced by the State Government made each registered newspaper hawker in Odisha eligible to get a monetary assistance of Rs 6,000.