Bhubaneswar: Even as Odisha is upping its fight against perilous COVID-19, the disease has brought an economical and social crisis along with obvious health crisis. Keeping this in mind, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced an emergency programme worth Rs 100 crore for daily wage workers belonging to urban areas of the State.
Titled ‘Urban Wage Employment Initiative’ the programme is expected to benefit about 4.5 lakh families from 114 municipalities, said a press release from the CM’s office.
With necessary assistance from the members of the Mission Shakti programme, the latest programme will start from the month of April and will continue till September 2020. The beneficiaries will receive their payment by the end of each week.
Several developmental works will be undertaken under this programme such as cleaning of drains, remediation of water bodies, remodelling of playgrounds and parks, construction of public toilets, among others. Local artists will also be employed for wall painting and mural painting in a major beautification drive.
The communique added that necessary lockdown guidelines will be followed when the programme will be implemented.