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Odisha Government formed flying squads to check hoarding and black marketing of drugs

Bhubaneswar:19/4/21: Amidst the unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases in the second wave of the pandemic, Odisha Government formed flying squads to check hoarding and black marketing of drugs and medical supplies for the treatment of the deadly disease.

Total 22 flying squads have been formed, of which 7 teams will be deployed for Twin City Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and 15 will prevent hoarding and black marketing of the COVID-19 medicines in the rest of the State, informed Crime Branch ADG Yashwant Jethwa today.

Following the reports of massive hoarding and black marketing of COVID-19 medicines and other medical supplies by unscrupulous elements, the State Government has constituted a State Level Committee headed by Jethwa to prevent such activities.

The district authorities have been directed to monitor the stock of essential medical supplies and take corrective action as deemed fit.

The committee will supervise the district-wise position of availability of essential medical supplies and ensure that the officers conducting the raids, search and seizure get full cooperation from various agencies including police.

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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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