Berhampur, Oct 30 (LocalWire): In a bid to provide livelihood support to the families of migrant returnees, Ganjam district administration has sanctioned 1405 proposals with an amount of around Rs. 5.17-crore under the Covid-19 Assistance Package (CAP) of the state government.
The state government had announced the CAP in the month of August with an aim to restore rural livelihood, rural enterprises and rehabilitation of skilled and unskilled migrant workers, in convergence of different livelihood programmes, including Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 in the state.
The CAP was designed by the Panchayati Raj Department.
Around 5 lakh migrant workers had returned to their native places in Ganjam, one of the migrant-prone districts in the state from different states following the shutdown of their firms in different states.
While several of the migrant workers have already left for their workplaces once again following the relaxation of the lockdown, several others are staying back in their native villages and trying to eke out their livelihood here.
“The amount has been sanctioned to the women self help groups (WSHGs), basically targeting the members of the families belonging to the migrant workers,” said project director, District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) Sindhe Datatreya Bhaosheb.
Each of the individual members or groups will avail a loan of up to Rs. one lakh with a six-month moratorium period to repay.
Under the loan, they would undertake different household projects like preparation of pickles, badi, sewing of the clothes and masks, food processing etc.