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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announces free Covid Vaccination to 18+ age-group

Bhubaneswar:25/4/21: The people of Odisha aged 18 years or above will be able to get Covid vaccines free of cost. This was announced by the State’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today evening.

During the third phase of the Covid vaccination programme, the Government of India announced citizens of the country within the age bracket of 18-44 years will be vaccinated from May 1, 2021.

The Chief Minister said the State government will spend Rs 2,000 crore from its exchequer to vaccinate people aged between 18-44 years.

“Around two crore people of the State in the 18-44 age group will be vaccinated and they will not have to spend a paisa. Vaccinating them is the responsibility of the State government,” Patnaik stated.

He further said the world has been experiencing a war-like situation and India has been recording the highest number of Covid cases in the last few days.

In different states, the situation has been deteriorating. There is a shortage of oxygen and beds at hospitals. Even crematoriums are also lacking space to cremate bodies.

“I spoke to the Chief Ministers of other States and the Prime Minister and extended support. Currently, Odisha is providing oxygen to six States,” the Chief Minister informed.

Last year Odisha fought the Covid pandemic. But, this year situation is very grim. The State government has been doing all possible to save each life, he stated.

“If we adhere to the Covid protocol and be careful, we can win the Covid battle without lockdown,” the Chief Minister while appealing people with folded hands to obey the Covid guidelines.

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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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