Return of Odia migrants from Surat by train only


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed to allow the return of Odia migrants from Surat by train only.

In view of the inconveniences faced by people who are returning from Surat to Odisha by bus with respect to their fooding, problems like sunstroke and accidents especially the difficulties faced by women and children, the Chief Minister instructed to allow the returnees to come by train only.

The Chief Minister on Tuesday reviewed the COVID-19 situation with senior officers through a video conference. 

In the review meeting, the problems relating to arrangement for the workers returning from other States, Temporary Health Centres/Camps, testing, procurement of required equipments for COVID-19 treatment, crop situation, labour intensive works, law & order and the problems faced by the industries were discussed. 

Chief Advisor to CMO, Chief Secretary and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

Patnaik said that though COVID-19 situation is comparatively better in the State yet we should not feel complacent. It is extremely necessary to strengthen the preparedness to combat the situation in the coming days.

He appreciated the record number of testing in one day i.e. 901 by Institute of Life Science, Bhubaneswar.

He also instructed to take steps in order to further strengthen COVID-19 testing preparedness by ramping up the number to 15,000 per day in the State.

He also instructed for developing the testing facility in Baripada, Balasore, Koraput, and Balangir districts.