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Odisha Health Minister dismissed all the allegations on COVID-19 mismanagement leveled by the Opposition

Bhubaneswar:30/9/20 Odisha Health Minister Naba Das on Wednesday dismissed all the allegations on COVID-19 mismanagement leveled by the Opposition political parties against the government.

Making a statement during the Monsoon Session of the State Legislative Assembly after an adjournment motion was moved in connection over the matter, Das defended his government’s efforts in tackling the pandemic.

The minister argued that Odisha has been doing a lot better in terms of COVID management than other states of India. To reinforce his point, he pitted that while the national mortality rate in the viral disease is at 1.6%, Odisha’s rate is as low as 0.38%”, said Das.

Bringing in some more data, Das said, “Odisha now has active cases just over 36,000. Out of this 29,000 positive patients are currently in-home quarantine, while just 7348 patients are being treated in COVID hospitals.”

Questioning the opposition’s tirade, Das said, “If the government has failed in COVID management, then how these patients are recovering from the serious disease that has claimed more than 800 lives and infected over 2 lakh people in the State.

Das spoke regarding the migrant issue as well. As per his statement in the Assembly, “COVID 19 was under control in the state during the lockdown. However, the situation deteriorated after migrants returned to Odisha.”

“Alleged COVID kit procurement scam is under investigation and the perpetrators will be punished according to the law if found guilty,” he noted.

However, both Congress and the BJP did not seem to be satisfied with the Health minister’s statements.

Congress’ Santosh Singh Saluja slammed the government by stating that it is hiding the actual scenario of the COVID crisis in the State. “10,000 people are getting infected daily at the least, but the government is only providing data of 3000-4000 people. The government is also hiding the expenses incurred in TMCs.”

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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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