CM Naveen Patnaik holds COVID Review Meeting ahead of the Festive Season

As the state enters a prolonged festive season, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik issued a warning against any laxity in following the COVID protocol. Patnaik, in the review meeting held via video-conferencing, pointed out the sudden surge of COVID cases in Kerala right after the Onam festival. He also highlighted the possible second wave seen in several European countries, requiring re-imposition of lockdowns.

Additionally, the Chief Minister also touched upon the following subjects:

  • The CM directed the officials to remain alert and ensure all safety norms are being implemented. “In view of the upcoming festivals and winter season, the people must keep following COVID19 appropriate behaviour such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing diligently. There is no reason to get lax if stability in coronavirus cases is observed,” Patnaik said.
  • He urged officials to maintain the state’s consistently good performance in COVID-19 management and stringent adherence of protocol without hindering economic activities.
  • Patnaik directed government officials to help all economic activities to function across all sectors including industries, mines, construction, services and transport. He also highlighted the importance of livelihood programmes such as MGNREGS, Mission Shakti and Livelihood Mission for the development of the poor. Notably, around 85% of businesses in the MSME sector have reopened operations and production capacity has surpassed 80%.
  • The CM ordered the state and district administration to extend assistance at all levels for the implementation of planned projects for the benefit of the people of Odisha as the state is emerging as a favoured destination for investments. The state recently gave a green signal to 36 investment proposals worth Rs 25,000 crore.
  • Patnaik concluded the meeting by lauding the efforts of COVID warriors from the Police and Fire Services department who have already donated 400 units of plasma.
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