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All MLAs and staff at the state assembly will undergo COVID-19 tests

Bhubaneswar: 26/9/20: All MLAs and staff at the state assembly will undergo COVID-19 tests from today ahead of the Monsoon Session of the state legislature, beginning from September 29.

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Choudhary said that the sanitisation programme will be launched as the monsoon session of the state assembly is scheduled to continue till October 7.“We have got the list of around 900 people including MLAs and other officials who are supposed to attend the session. They will be tested for coronavirus during the next three days,” said Choudhary.

“The first-day testing will be conducted in two-shifts, and for the next two days, testing will be carried out in the first half only. The entire process is in keeping with the COVID-19 health protocol.  If someone tests positive, he/she can proceed on home isolation. Those who test positive and show critical symptoms will have to shift to COVID-19 hospitals,” he added.

An order from the Odisha Assembly also added that a selected few media persons will be allowed inside the building, who will have to undergo Covid-19 tests as well.

About Ashok Palit

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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