Bhubaneswar:17/6/21: Considering the fact that the second wave of Covid has adversely affected the financial condition of weaker sections and labourers in Odisha, Chief Minister announced special Covid assistance of Rs 1,690.46 crore for these groups. The Chief Minister said the move will benefit landless farmers, construction labourers, urban poor, tribals, State Food Security Act beneficiaries, NREGS workers and divyang students.
As the state-wide lockdown is in force to prevent spread of Covid disease, the financially weaker sections and labourers in the State have been worst affected, Patnaik added. According to the package, a total of 17.38 lakh families of landless farmers will get special assistance of Rs 1,000 each under the KALIA scheme. The Chief Minister further announced Rs 207 crore assistance will be provided to the landless farmers in three instalments under the KALIA scheme.