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Odisha gets international accolades for COVID-19 management

Bhubaneswar:10/7/20 The current global coronavirus pandemic has posed a big threat to humanity and good governance can be the difference between life and death. In India, Odisha’s approach focusing on the imperatives of public health governance to deal with the impact of a pandemic for society and people at large has become a role model for many states in South Asia even evoking appreciation at the global level.

GB Dash, OSD to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in his address at an international webinar on “Writing Post-Pandemic Life World: Society, Cultural Materialities, and Practices” talked about the measures taken by Odisha to tackle the issues due to the deadly COVID-19 virus that have saved many lives.

The state has put in place a comprehensive public health mechanism for close surveillance of the people to monitor their health status while assuaging at the same time the emotional and psychological needs of the migrant population.

Odisha is the first state in the country to enforce lockdown over 40 per cent of the state, the biggest of its kind in India’s history from March 22. This has been implemented effectively to keep the impact of the deadly virus mitigated.

Moreover, Odisha is the first state to start dedicated government COVID hospitals run by professionals and dedicated separate COVID hospitals in all 30 districts. Also, online registration of people returning from outside the state is being done for effective governance and ease of movement for the citizens.

In order to give citizens a reward for their honesty, Odisha is the first state in India to give Rs 15,000 cash incentive for declaring travel history and telemedicine helpline for the people during the lockdown has also been made live.

Women empowerment and safety is of paramount significance and Odisha is the only state to provide women SHGs in managing COVID-19 management in terms of providing cooked food and masks.


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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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