CUTTACK: For 1000’s of road distributors who’re struggling nice distress as a result of lockdown and shutdowns, the Covid money help of Rs 3,000 introduced by the State authorities stays a pipe dream. The negligence of Cuttack Municipal Company (CMC) has stored practically 4,000 road distributors out of official database.
Take the case of 38-year-old Manoj Bastia of Chandni Chowk, a youngsters’s clothes close to Metropolis Hospital for the final 15 years. He didn’t avail the advantages as his title will not be included within the civic physique’s registered road distributors record. Equally, Jagannath Biswal of Rovers Road, who runs a footwear store close to Padhiary Pathagar for the final eight years, and Chandia Majhi, a dahibara aloodum vendor in Choudhury Bazar, have been disadvantaged of the help as a result of similar motive.
There are greater than 10,000 road distributors within the metropolis. However the civic physique’s survey put the quantity at 3,463. The final survey of road distributors was carried out in 2017. Ever since, they haven’t had an opportunity to enrol for the federal government schemes.
“As per the federal government announcement, we had utilized for availing the Covid help at CMC workplace. After submission of the functions, the officers had verified our outlets. However we’re but to get the advantages,” mentioned Manoj and Jagannath.
“The survey was carried out haphazardly by the CMC as a consequence of which many road distributors had been dropped from the record. Once more, many others have newly taken up road merchandising for survival within the metropolis over the past 5 years. They’re but to be registered by the civic physique,” mentioned Barabati-Cuttack MLA Mohammed Moquim.
The unregistered road distributors have been struggling quite a bit as a consequence of lockdowns and shutdowns in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The CMC officers ought to go for a recent survey for identification of all road distributors, he urged.
Slum Enchancment Officer Amrit Sarkar, nonetheless, mentioned the CMC has to date disbursed Covid help of Rs 3,000 to five,793 road distributors by transferring the cash to their financial institution accounts. “Other than 3,463 registered distributors, we’ve additionally supplied help to 2,330 road distributors primarily based on letters of advice. Throughout verification, these distributors had been discovered to be real following which the help was sanctioned,” he mentioned.