Bhubaneswar: The State Government has given a crucial and sensitive responsibility of bringing back Odisha citizens from Ukraine on the shoulders of veteran Mandarin Pradeep Jena.
Re-imposing his faith on Mr.Jena for his ability and effectiveness to successfully manage several natural disasters including Covid-19 pandemic, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has given this responsibility to him.
Mr.Jena, serving as Development Commissioner and Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) will coordinate the overall issue of bringing back citizens from Odisha.
Resident Commissioner at New Delhi, Ravi Kant, an IPS Officer, will assist him. Mr.Kant, another able Top Cop will coordinate with the Government of India over this issue.
The Chief Minister has announced that his Government will bear the expenses for bringing back students and workers of Odisha stranded in Ukraine.
He has also directed the district administrations to collect information regarding students and workers in Ukraine and effectively coordinate with their family members at this hour of crisis.
Earlier in the morning, the Chief Minister had spoken to Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the issue. A large number of citizens of Odisha, many of whom are students, are stranded in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the State Government has opened a special cell in New Delhi and appointed a nodal officer for safe return of the citizens from Odisha.
“To ensure the safe and early return of stranded citizens of Odisha in Ukraine, a Special Assistance Cell has been made functional in the office of the Resident Commissioner of Odisha, Odisha Bhawan, New Delhi, to coordinate with Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation and other concerned agencies,” said Home Department in an order.
Ravi Kant, Resident Commissioner, New Delhi has been designated as the nodal officer for the purpose. Those who need assistance from the nodal officer can contact on mobile/Whatsapp—8527580245, landline-011-23012751, E-mail- firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com, said the Home department.