With the rapid spread of Corona virus infection in Cuttack and Khordha districts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has advised officials to make war strategy more incisive.
While taking a review of Covid situation and its impact on economy especially in agriculture, industry and infrastructure sector today, Mr.Patnaik laid stress on creating more livelihood opportunities in State.
He informed that till today Covid-19 tests have been conducted on more than 20 Lakh people in the State. He further said for every 10 Lakh people State has accomplished tests of 42,404 which is more than the national average. Similarly, recovery rate at 76.78pc and death rate at 0.46pc is one of the bests in the country.
Mr.Patnaik said as monsoon rain, flood and the return of normalcy in transport sector throw a bigger challenge before Covid management in the State, all functionaries associated with this should try and make fight against the pandemic more effective.
He advised the observers to make immediate visits to flood affected areas and ensure relief package to the affected beneficiaries. He also stressed keeping focus on rainy season diseases such as cough and cold. He gave specific instructions to the Departments of Health & Family Welfare and Information & Public Relations to work jointly to start awareness programme on different Covid related protocols. He said critical covid patients should be treated in the ICU beds in their own districts while asking authorities to ensure ICU facility to all such critical patients.
As more and more Government officials are getting infected with nCoV virus, the Chief Minister said the protocol for Covid-19 should be strictly adhered to. He said social distancing and use of mask should never be compromised at any point of time.
Taking part in the deliberations Chief Secretary A K Tripathy said lockdown and shutdown management has been proved very successful. Keeping in view, the rapid spread of Covid-19 in Cuttack and Khordha districts, war strategy has been accordingly sharpened. The ACS, Health P K Mohapatra informed the meeting with a detailed report on Covid management in the State so far.
The Chief Minister asked all departments to work on creating more livelihood opportunities in the State. He also advised the observers to go to their respective districts to make review on livelihood programmes from time to time. He understood the necessity of giving primacy to issues related to industry and MSME Sector in the State.
It is revealed in the meeting that state of affairs in agriculture, industry, MSME and allied sectors are being limping back to normalcy after lockdown phase as there have been improvements in these areas in August and September. With 55.52 lakh hectare of land coming under cultivation during khariff season, it is revealed that the this is 5pc more than the previous year. The demand for fertilizer and urea this year is more than that of the preceding year. Similarly, Rs.9,965 Crore has been disbursed as agricultural loan this year which is again more than the previous year.
Significant improvements have also been seen in Steel and Mines sector, said officials adding that during April to August this year the Government has approved 200 new projects with an investment of Rs. 17514 Crore. These investments offer 13000 employment opportunities in the State which is more than the previous year. Similarly, industrial production has grown up to 80pc while improvements have been observed in areas like electricity consumption, cargo management and allied sectors. Nearly Rs. 3000 Crore loan has been disbursed to more than 1.5 lakh MSME units in the State by September.
Mr.Patnaik advised officials to make GST reimbursement process more transparent and simple to Health, Industrial and MSME units in the State.
Chief Secretary,Asit Tripathy, Advisor to CMO, R Balakrishanan, Development Commissioner, Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, ACS Health & Family Welfare, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, APC, ACS-cum-SRC, Pradeep Jena, 5T Secretary to CM V K Pandian and other officials were present in the meeting