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Chief Secretary chaired a high-level review and preparatory meeting over the upcoming cyclone

Bhubaneswar:1/12/21: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra on Wednesday chaired a high-level review and preparatory meeting over the upcoming cyclone which is likely to hit Odisha coast on December 4 morning.

Development Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena, Health Secretary RK Sharma, Forest Secretary Dr. Mona Sharma, Panchayati Raj Secretary Ashok Meena, Urban Development Secretary G Mathivathnan, Energy Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal, and Works Secretary Dr. Krishan Kumar were present at the meeting during which the Chief Secretary interacted with Collectors of different districts and reviewed the preparations for the upcoming cyclone.

Speaking at the meeting, Jena said that ODRAF, NDRF, and Fire Service teams are kept ready for mobilization. Around 108 ODRAF and NDRF teams and 200 fire service teams will be deployed as per requirements in the vulnerable districts.

Mahapatra directed officials to address water logging issues effectively in cities like Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur etc. “Pumpsets should be kept ready for dewatering low-lying areas in the urban belts. Appropriate steps should be taken to communicate information to farmers for safety and protection of crops,” the Chief Secretary directed Collectors.

Once the path of the cyclone is ascertained, evacuation process should be expedited and the people should be accommodated in cyclone shelters. These facilities should be kept ready beforehand with food and other necessary materials, said Mahapatra. The districts have been asked to carry out miking for making people aware of the situation and cooperating with the administration.

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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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