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Odisha Chief Minister delegates the powers of District Collectors to the Sarpanch fight against Epidemic COVID-19

Bhubaneswar:19/4/20: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced a proactive, humane and scientific approach to facilitate the return of people of Odisha stranded outside the State after the restrictions are lifted. This will be done through a community-based monitoring system involving GPs & ULBs.

Addressing the people of Odisha today, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: “My dear brothers and sisters 10 days ago I spoke to all of you on 9th April. In these 10 days, the number of positive cases in the world has increased from 15 Lakh to 23 lakh. In our country, cases have tripled to 15,000 and deaths  have more than doubled from 200 to 500.”

“Odisha had 42 positive cases and one death and today, we have 61 positive cases. Our tests have tripled and our active cases have come down. This was possible because of your complete support sacrifice at all levels and our dedicated machinery,” said Naveen.

The Odisha CM said; “One of the key factors in controlling the spread in Odisha was the mandatory registration of all foreign returnees and placing them in compulsory quarantine. In our state, we have about one lakh persons from other States whom the State is taking care of.

Similarly, there are lakhs of brothers and sisters from Odisha in other states (students, professionals, stranded pilgrims and patients and a large number of workers). In spite of the best efforts of our state and the host states, life is not normal for them and it pains me.”

When the restrictions are lifted Odisha, in coordination with the host State and Government of India, will facilitate the return of all those who want to come back home. We will have a scientific technology-based system to facilitate this, he added.

Naveen, however, said that the magnitude of the exercise demands a decentralized approach and the nature of the problem demands a humane approach. Both these will be accomplished by a community-based monitoring system involving Gram Panchayats and Urban local bodies

Further, he said that registration, streamlined movement, and 14-day quarantine are very important to protect the returnee, their own families, the community and the state at-large.

“To implement this effectively and with a humane touch the State government in a historic move, delegates the powers of District Collectors to the Sarpanches of the Gram Panchayats  for their jurisdiction, under the provisions of Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act of 2005, The Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, read with Odisha COVID-19 Regulations 2020, said Naveen.

“Extraordinary situations call for extraordinary solutions. Empowering panchayats and Urban local bodies will facilitate smooth movement, track and monitor the returnees, and strengthen our fight against COVID-19. In my view, every life is precious and has to be protected in a dignified manner. The involvement of Panchayati Raj Institutions which are peoples’ institutions at the grassroots will go a long way in this,” concluded the Odisha CM.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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