Bhubaneswar, March 28 -- In yet another relief measure for the weaker sections of the society, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced financial assistance of Rs 3000 each to street vendors across 114 urban local bodies (ULBs) to deal with the Covid-19 lockdown.

Patnaik said that this will benefit around 65,000 registered street vendors of the 114 municipalities across the State.

The state government also announced to provide free cooked meal to around 10 lakh poor and needy people in rural areas during the lockdown period.

"Cooked food for 100-200 persons in every panchayat would be provided every day with the help of Self Help Groups (SHGs). With this, about 10 lakh poor people will be benefited in the rural areas," said the Chie...