The government of Odisha launched a social security scheme for newspaper hawkers across the state on Tuesday. All newspaper hawkers in the state will be identified by the Information and Public Relations department, who will preserve their records on a computerised database and issue them with identification cards.
“The Odisha Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Board (OUWSSB) would provide social security to registered newspaper hawkers.” According to a statement released by the Chief Minister’s office, “in the event of a hawker’s death owing to an accident, Rs 2 lakh would be paid to their next of kin, and in the case of a natural death, Rs 1 lakh will be provided.”
If a newspaper hawker is permanently disabled as a result of an accident, they will receive Rs 1.5 lakh in compensation; Rs 80,000 in compensation if they are partially disabled (loss of both limbs); and Rs 40,000 in compensation if they are partially disabled (loss of one limb) (loss of one leg).
The state government will provide additional assistance of Rs 3,000 to all registered newspaper hawkers in two phases through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
“The pandemic had an indirect influence on newspaper circulation and hawkers.” “They perform a critical function,” a senior CMO official explained, “and it was felt that they should also be covered by a social security plan.”