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Schools in Odisha to remain closed till April 16 for heatwave condition

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed that all schools and anganwadis will be closed from tomorrow till April 16.

On arrival from Japan visit this evening the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik immediately took review meeting with senior officers on current heat wave condition and various health related facilities.

 For past few days the temperature is rising in the state and Met Department has also issued heat wave warning throughout the state. In this context the Chief Minister directed the administration particularly Panchayat Raj & Drinking Water Department, Housing & Urban Development Department and Energy Department to start preparedness to meet the situation. The Chief Minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure smooth supply of drinking water both in urban and rural areas with special focus on water scarcity pockets. He also directed the Energy Dept. to ensure continuous power supply to meet demands during heat wave conditions.

In view of intense heat wave condition,Anganwadis and  All schools  both govt and private up to STD 10th will  remain closed  from tomorrow  till16th of  April,the CM directed.

Patnaik also advised the administration to keep in touch with various professional Met Agencies to collect information about Monsoon and prepare advanced plannning accordingly. While reviewing the various activities of Health & Family welfare Dept., the Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the functioning of BSKY scheme which provides free healthcare facilities to nearly three and half crore people of Odisha. 

In view of the significance of the scheme, the Chief Minister advised the H&FW Dept. to ensure prompt medical care for all the beneficiaries.

The Chief Minister was briefed about the current Covid scenario in the country in general and Odisha in particular. The situation is well under control. Government has taken all precaution measures including massive awareness programme to contain the outbreak. The Chief Minister has advised to monitor the situation closely.