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Strategy to tackle COVID in Cuttack, Khurda Districts

Bhubaneswar:3/9/20: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the economy of the state is slowly back on the track and added that the government is focusing on livelihood.

Reviewing the latest situation in the state in view of coronavirus pandemic through video conferencing on Thursday, Patnaik said the state government has emphasized on agriculture, industry, and other sectors for infrastructural development.

The Odisha Chief Minister said this is the high time that the strategy has to be strengthened to tackle the rising trend of COVID cases in Cuttack and Khurda districts.

Patnaik said 20 lakh people in the state have undertaken the COVID test and added that the recovery rate is at 76.78 percent and the death rate is 0.46 percent.

The Chief Minister said torrential monsoon rain and floods have created a challenge for COVID management in the state and added that the right kind of approach for the effective management of the situation has to be initiated.

After returning from an aerial survey, the Chief Minister said he has seen the devastation in the recent floods and he has directed the officials to provide relief packages to the affected persons. The health officials must keep the ICUs and COVID facilities ready to provide immediate healthcare facilities to the patients affected with the virus.

Patnaik said as the cases of COVID are rising among the government employees in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, social distancing and wearing of masks should be a must for all.

Participating in the review meeting Chief Secretary said the lockdowns and shutdowns in the state have become one hundred percent successful. He said the COVID management strategy in the Cuttack and Khurda is being strengthened to keep the coronavirus at bay.

The Additional chief secretary , health, presented a detailed report on coronavirus management in the state.

The review meeting discussed at length on agriculture and industry sectors and urged the stakeholders to emphasis on creation of livelihood opportunities.

The Chief Minister directed the observers to undertake review meetings while visiting the districts to take stock of corona situation.

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Patnaik said the industry and MSME sectors must be reactivated to withstand the impact of coronavirus and added that all the hurdles in these sectors must be tackled on priority basis.

He said the GST reimbursement for the MSME sector must be made fully transparent. In the Kharif season, 55.52 lakh ha agricultural fields have been brought under cultivation and this is five per cent more than the previous year.

The demand for Urea is more this year. Nearly Rs 9965 cr agricultural loan has been sanctioned this year.

In the steel and mines sector, 200 new projects have been initiated at a cost of Rs 17514 cr. The industrial output has been increased up to 80 per cent. Nearly Rs 3000 cr loan will be disbursed to over 1.5 lakh units in the MSME sector.

The virtual meeting was attended by Development Commissioner, Additional Secretary, Health, SRC, Agriculture Production Commissioner, and 5 T Secretary.

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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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