Adherence of Covid-19 protocol in BBSR-Cuttack not encouraging: CM

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said strict adherence of Covid-19 protocol in Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate area is not encouraging.

The Chief Minister said that as per the feedback received about enforcement activities throughout the state, strict adherence of Covid protocol in Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate area is not encouraging.

He directed DG, Police to look into this and do the needful as being done throughout the state.

The CM, through a video conferencing, reviewed Covid management in the state with senior officers and Collectors.

He expressed satisfaction that more than 1.25 Lakh persons have recovered from Covid while 1 Lakh have recovered in the last 5 weeks itself.

The Chief Minister directed the Collectors to scale up MGNREGS and livelihood activities like never before to closely monitor these activities.

Emphasizing on the importance of pumping more funds to rural households with economy slowing down, he directed to support MSME and other industrial activities to reach pre-Covid level.

The Chief Minister further said that the interventions earlier announced by him as Covid livelihood package in Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Soil Conservation, Forestry and Agriculture sector should be followed up as a top priority.  

He said that while the last quarter economic growth of the country is minus 23%, people must not be allowed to be affected by this.

He also directed to closely follow the credit facilities to farmers, Mission Shakti-Self help Groups and weavers, saying that this is the only way to protect rural Odisha particularly poor people from the impact of the economic slowdown.