As part of the Odisha government's special Covid-19 package for the poor, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday disbursed Rs 352 crore to the workers employed under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Odisha. As per the state government, a total of 32 lakh MGNREGA workers benefited from this package. In addition to their daily wages, the workers received extra Rs 50 for Aprcl, May and June. A press release from the Chief Minister's Office stated, "The workers, who worked during the three months from April to June, were paid an additional 50 rupees, along with their daily wages.
It is credited to the beneficiary's bank account. As a result, each worker received an additional wage of up to Rs 4,500. A total of 32 lakh workers received Rs 352 crore." Addressing the function through video conferencing, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik said, "There is always a special place in my heart for the poor and working for their welfare gives me satisfaction. I hope this financial assistance will help the workers." As per an official release issued by the state government, 5.03 crore mandays were created in 2020-21 (till July 1, 2020) against 7.59 crore by the same time in the financial year 2021-22. Odisha Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena apprised on various welfare schemes launched by the state government and added that the steps taken by the CM will boost the rural economy. According to the CMO, a total of 20 crore workdays were created in Odisha under the MNREGA scheme in 2020. During this year, 7 crore workdays have been created to date and the state government expects to reach a target of 25 crore workdays in 2021.