Cyclone Fani: CM Naveen Patnaik announces Rs 100 crore package for street vendors, farmers

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BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced a Rs 100 crore package for street vendors, poultry farmers and coconut farmers, who were affected by cyclonic storm 'Fani'.


"About 30,000 street vendors whose livelihood has been severely affected in 11 Urban Local Bodies due to cyclone Fani will be provided with cash assistance of Rs 10,000 each to support the loss of livelihood," Patnaik said in a statement.

Apart from agriculture input subsidy, support for tree plantations announced earlier, cash assistance of Rs 500 per damaged coconut tree will be provided to the affected farmers, subject to a limit of Rs 25 trees per farmers.

“To revive broiler poultry units in the cyclone-affected areas, each farmer will be provided with an assistance of 75 per cent subsidy limited to Rs 1 lakh per unit of 500 birds”, the Odisha Chief Minister said.

"Around 2,000 small broiler poultry units will be supported through this intervention. This special package will cost about Rs 100 crore to be met from CMRF and state's own resource," Patnaik further said.

Cyclone Fani, which made landfall in Puri with a wind speed of up to 240 kmph on May 3.

According to official estimates released by the Odisha government, the death toll in Odisha due to cyclone Fani has touched 64.

 

With inputs from ANI

 

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