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Sarpanches have been empowered under the Disaster Management Act. to combat against Corona

Bhubaneswar:22/4/20: In another step towards the State’s fight against Corona, the Sarpanches have been empowered under the Disaster Management Act. Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has advised relying on them as the “foundation of our democracy’.

Tripathy said this over a video conference with the BDOs and Sarpanches held today under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Chief Secretary said, “Odisha has established many new records to fight against COVID-19 under the futuristic decisions of the Hon’ble Chief Minister. Now, the entire Government wing along with 314 blocks and all panchayats have been connected through technology to tight against this unseen enemy. Presently, the Challenge is return of thousands of Odia people stranded outside the State. They will return to the State shortly. Their entry needs to be regulated and registered exhaustively. Logistic support needs to be arranged for their transport from railway station through buses.”

Tripathy added, “Panchayats and blocks have created adequate facilities”. He instructed the BDOs and field level officers to supervise these facilities closely. He further instructed to plan very closely and make all arrangements to counter all eventualities.

The Chief Secretary expressed the confidence that with Sarpanches and BDOs on front line team. State can face this big challenge successfully.

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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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