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Relieving IAS Officers In Odisha From COVID-19 Duty Was Administrative Requiremen

Bhubaneswar6/68/20:: Following media questioning the Odisha government’s decision to remove several senior IAS officers from COVID-19 duties, the government today said during this changing situation it was needed to reinstate the bureaucrats in their respective departments.

Odisha government’s Chief Spokesperson Subroto Bagchi said the COVID-19 situation is a long-drawn fight and as per the strategy many officials were assigned the COVID-19 duties. However, the officials were taken back to their respective departments as per the demand of the situations.“Many officials are reinstated in their department yesterday. Otherwise, the administration will face difficulties to function. Secondly, if new fighters (officers) are not brought to this battle against the deadly virus, everyone will get tired,” Bagchi added.

 Urging people not to trust rumors on social media or fake news, he asked them to have faith in the Chief Secretary’s message issued yesterday praising the dedication and sincerity of officials involved in the COVID-19 duties.“The rumors or fake news might create trouble for COVID-19 warriors ranging from panchayats to district administration and police to secretariat employees and demoralize them,” he added.

Worth mentioning, the media raised questions about the withdrawal of senior officials from COVID-19 duties and attributed the alleged involvement of some bureaucrats in corruption in PPE and COVID-19 testing kits procurement as the reason behind the government move.

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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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