COVID-19 in Odisha: Four months’ advance salary for health workers

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday declared that the salary of the doctors, paramedics and employees involved in health services for the month of April, May, June and July will be given in advance in April.

He also warned that stringent action will be taken against people who fail to cooperate with them or misbehave with them.

The state government has also released Rs 44.50 crore from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to 30 District Red Cross Societies for taking necessary steps for combating COVID-19 situation in the state.

Ganjam and Malkangiri districts have been given Rs. 3 crore each while Balasore, Baragarh, Balangir, Cuttack, Kalahandi, Kendrapara, Keonjhar, Khurda, Nayagarh, Puri, Sambalpur districts have been given Rs. 2 crore each.

Angul, Bhadrak, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Kandhamal, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Nuapara, Nawarangapur, Rayagada, Subarnapur and Sundargarh districts have been given Rs. 1 crore each.

Rs 50 lakh has been given to Deogarh district.

Odisha State Medical Corporation has declared incentive for early delivery of medicines and medical equipments like 50% extra for delivery in 7 days, 25% extra for delivery in 15 days and 10% extra for delivery in 30 days.

Full cost of transportation along with full payment within 24 hours of delivery has been assured.

During lock down period, the movement of vehicles carrying essential goods will be continued without any hindrance.