Bhubaneswar, May 18 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced a livelihood assistance scheme for street vendors, coconut growers and poultry farmers affected in Cyclone Fani.
Around 30,000 street vendors in 11 Urban Local Bodies whose livelihood have been adversely affected due to the cyclone will be provided with a cash assistance of Rs.10,000 each under the scheme.
Coconut plantation is an important source of livelihood for the people in coastal Odisha. However, due to the extensive damage to Coconut trees during Fani, their livelihood has been badly hit.
The chief minister said besides agriculture subsidy and free seedlings to farmers, a cash assistance of Rs 500 will be provided for each damaged tree, subject to a limit of 25 trees per farmer.
Also, each poultry farmer will be provided 75 per cent subsidy, limited to Rs 1 lakh per unit of 500 birds. Around 2,000 small poultry units will be supported through this intervention, the CM said.
This special package will entail a government spending of about Rs 100 cores. The expenditure will be met from the chief minister’s relief fund and other avenues, the chief minister said.