Over Rs 134 Cr incentive given to migrant returnees till Aug last yr: Odisha Min

Bhubaneswar:  Odisha Government has distributed a whopping Rs 134.62 crore to migrants, who returned to the state and stayed in various COVID Care Home (CCHs) across the state during the pandemic till August last year, informed Labour Minister Susanta Singh in the Assembly today.

Replying to a question of Khandapada MLA Soumya Ranjan Patniak, the Minister said a total of 10,07,330 migrants returned to Odisha from various states between March and October last year. Each migrant was provided with Rs 2,000 incentive from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund after completion of their isolation period. A sum of Rs 134.62 crore was provided to 6,73,079 migrant labourers till August last year.

Besides, special COVID-19 financial assistance was given to the migrant labours for their livelihood under various schemes, including MGNREGA, DDUGKY, UWEI and Mission Shakti.

This apart, Odisha Building & Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board provided Rs 1500 Special Financial Assistance (SFA) each to 4,689 registered workers till August, 2020.

However, the Minister claimed that there has been no information on workers going  to other states again after relaxation in COVID-19 restrictions.


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