Odisha CM Announces Rs 100 Cr Special Package For Street Vendors, Coconut Growers & Poultry Farmers

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Bhubaneswar: With cyclone FANI destroying the means of livelihood of many people across Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced special package for street vendors, coconut growers and poultry farmers.

Street vendors are among the most vulnerable sections of the urban populace. About 30,000 Street Vendors whose livelihood has been severely affected in 11 Urban Local Bodies due to cyclone FANI will be provided with a cash assistance of Rs 10,000 each to support the loss of livelihood.

Extensive damage has been caused to coconut trees, which is an important source of livelihood for the people living in coastal Odisha. Apart from Agriculture Input Subsidy and support for tree plantations and seedlings already announced on May 11, cash assistance of Rs 500 per damaged coconut tree will be provided to the affected farmers, subject to a limit of 25 trees per farmer, to support their immediate livelihood.

Many small broiler poultry units have been damaged due to cyclone FANI, which has severely impacted the livelihood of these farmers. To revive the broiler units in the cyclone affected areas, each farmer will be provided an assistance of 75 per cent subsidy, limited to Rs 1 lakh per unit of 500 birds. 2,000 small broiler poultry units will be supported through this intervention.

The special package for these sections of the society severely affected by FANI cyclone will cost about Rs 100 crores, to be met from CMRF and State's own resources, said Patnaik.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha