Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched distribution of livelihood assistance of Rs 1,000 to each beneficiary covered under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY), National Food Security Act (NFSA) and State Food Security Scheme (SFSS).
Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister said “You are aware that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the whole world including Odisha since last year. Fortunately, we have been able to tackle the pandemic in Odisha with your help.”
The State Government’s efforts to save people’s lives have been very successful. However, the pandemic has affected the economic and social well-being of all people, especially the poor. So, the livelihood assistance has been announced to help the poor people, he said.
All BSKY beneficiaries in the State will get this assistance. About 96 lakh families in the State will be benefited from it. The State Government will spend Rs 960 crore from its own resources for this purpose, said Mr.Patnaik. He has asked officials to complete the distribution process in seven days. The State Government has yesterday released Rs 350 crore to all 30 districts.
Stating the Covid-19 pandemic is still there, the Chief Minister has advised the people to follow Covid appropriate behavior such as wearing masks, social distancing and hand sanitization. He also advised not to visit outdoors unless it is necessary.
Notably, the Chief Minister had yesterday announced house repairing assistance of Rs 3,000 for those, who have availed houses under State schemes and Rs 5,000 for those who are waiting to get a house under PMAY. About 30 lakh families will be benefited and the State government will bear an additional cost of Rs 1444 crore for this move.
Opposition BJP and Congress have alleged that the BJD government is announcing these financial aid to woo voters ahead of the Panchayat election in Odisha.