Odisha CM urges PM to share SOP for return of migrant workers stranded in other states

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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the lockdown should be extended to further contain the Covid-19.

File photo of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

File photo of Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik (Photo Credits: PTI)

The lockdown should be extended by another month, Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das said on Monday. In his statement, the minister suggested extension of the nationwide lockdown till June of this year.

Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video conference with chief ministers to discuss the economic crisis prompted by the pandemic. A number of chief ministers urged the PM to extend the nationwide lockdown in a bid to further contain the spread of infection.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sought a standard operating procedure (SOP) concerning the return of people from the state stranded in different parts of the country. The CM put forth his demand before the prime minister during the video conference.

Speaking at the conference, Odisha CM Patnaik said the national lockdown should continue, but important activities should be allowed. He added that public gatherings, religious and educational institutions should not be allowed. Economic activities should be permitted only within states, he added.

Odisha Health Minister Naba Kishore Das, meanwhile, demanded that other states should screen migrant workers from Odisha for Covid-19 before sending them back and a clearance certificate should be issued in this regard. Many other states have agreed to this proposal, he added.

“We have stressed on the safe passage of Odia migrants, and students stuck in other states. A clear guideline regarding treatment and transportation of the stranded migrants is likely to come up by April 30,” Naba Kishore Das said.

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