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Plea For Stranded Odia

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested his counterparts in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh for ensuring safe return of Odias stranded in those states due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic.

Mr.Patnaik made the request through the video conferences with Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh BS Yediyurappa and YS Jaganmohan Reddy respectively.
 
Union Petroleum and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also took part in the discussion.

Mr.Patnaik thanked both Mr.Yediyurappa and Mr.Reddy for taking care of the Odia people stranded in their states.
 
Mr.Patnaik Patnaik requested his Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh counterparts to facilitate smooth and safe journey of Odias who wish to return to Odisha.
 
Both the Chief Ministers pointed out that works in several sectors have already resumed in their respective states.

Therefore, Odia people who desire to remain and work in their states can do so and those wishing to return to their home state will be provided with all help and cooperation, the two Chief Ministers promised.
 
 Earlier, Mr.Patnaik had spoken to the Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu where a large number of Odia people are also stranded because of the lockdown imposed across the country to contain spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
 
CM’s discussion with Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh counterparts  have come after several migrant workers returned from Gujarat by specially arranged buses, while a group of students also came back to Odisha from Kota in Rajasthan.
 
A special train carrying around 1200 people is also on its way to Odisha from Kerala, officials said.
 
The Odias stranded across the country have to register their names with Aadhaar and mobile phone numbers in a portal launched by Odisha government. On their arrival in the state, the returnees will have to undergo mandatory quarantine in Odisha..
 
The State Government has opened a large number of temporary medical camps and quarantine centers in all the 6,798 gram panchayats and over 100 urban local bodies to keep the returnees in quarantine before allowing them to go to their houses.


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