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Posters Not To Be Affixed Outside Houses Of Covid Positive Cases

Bhubaneswar:2/12/20: The Odisha government today asked the District Administrations not to put up posters outside the houses of Covid positive patients who are under home isolation.

In a letter, the Health and Family Welfare Department directed the District Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, and Medical Officers to discontinue pasting posters in front of the house of Covid affected with immediate effect.

Mentioning that the number of Covid positive cases are declining steadily across the State, the letter read, “It is now felt that identification of the houses of COVID-19 patients under Home Isolation by pasting of posters outside their houses is not a requirement anymore.”

The Odisha government’s decision came a day after the Supreme Court observed that Covid-19 notices pasted outside residences of patients lead to their considerations as “untouchables” by others.

The apex court said that the ground reality is such that once such notices are pasted outside Covid-19 patients’ houses, others began to treat them as untouchables.

Representing the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated before the apex court that the Union government has not given any directions to paste Covid warning notices outside infected persons’ houses. “The states may have decided to do it,” Mehta said.

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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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