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Odisha Government announced the launching of ‘Urban Wage Employment Initiative’

Bhubaneswar:18/4/20: To ensure that livelihood of daily wage workers in urban areas is not affected due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the Odisha Government today announced the launching of an emergency programme ‘Urban Wage Employment Initiative’ worth Rs 100 crore.

The program will generate employment for 4.50 lakh families residing in 114 urban local bodies (ULBs) across the state. With the cooperation of Mission Shakti groups, the program 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 the 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. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hoped that the initiative will be of great help for people of economically backward classes in the state.


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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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