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Odisha Chief Secretary warned the migrant workers to strictly adhere to quarantine protocols

Bhubaneswar:3/5/20: Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy today warned the migrant workers returning to the state to strictly adhere to quarantine protocols and any violation would lead to their arrest.

Addressing a scheduled press meet Geeta Govinda Sadan here this evening, the Chief Secretary said, “Returnees, who are creating nuisance & escaping from quarantine centres, will be kept at quarantine centres away from their respective districts.”

“Such violators will be arrested and their quarantine period will be also extended,” Tripathy said, adding that no incentive will be paid for quarantine violation.

In the last two months, we have been able to contain COVID19 spread in Odisha. A lot of frontline workers are working 24/7 across the State and we don’t want to comprise it at any level, said the Odisha Chief Secretary.

He made it clear that the migrants willing to return to Odisha, during registration, voluntarily agree for quarantine and the State Government will not compromise on this. Any violators will be arrested as per the Epidemic Act and will lose the incentive.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy requested the migrants, coming via buses, to avoid overcrowding and maintain social distancing during travel. “Buses must have a valid pass, without which entry into the State borders will be denied. Overcrowded buses will also be denied entry,” added the Chief Secretary.

Further, Tripathy asked respective Collectors and Sarpanches to remain vigilant and ensure that guidelines are properly followed.

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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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