Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has appealed to his counterparts in other States to assist persons from Odisha stranded in any part of their States with basic food, accommodation, and security.
In a letter addressing the CMs of all states, Odisha CM said that Coronavirus has been a challenge for the human race, transgressing all boundaries and We as a country are jointly fighting this invisible enemy with collective resolve.
“We have taken an unprecedented but very much needed step to stop the progress of this pandemic – our country is under lockdown for 21 days. When a step of this magnitude is taken, even with all precautions, some people may be stranded across the country away from their homes. They may be pilgrims, students, workers, and professionals, etc. We understand that many may be under distress,” Naveen stated.
“In this regard, I would mufti an earnest appeal to you that any person or group of persons from Odisha stranded in any part of your State may please be assisted with basic food, accommodation, security, etc,” said Naveen.
The Odisha CM further urged the CMs to pass this message to all the District Collectors of their State. “Odisha will bear whatever cost is needed for their safekeeping, Naveen said and added that he has also directed all the district Collectors of Odisha to assist persons in need from other States.
Their cost will be met from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and a monitoring team has been put up with the Principal Secretary, Home Department to look after this and co-ordinate, he stated.
“In case anyone from your State is stranded in Odisha and our system has not responded, kindly inform me directly. I’m always available. This is one of the most challenging times faced by the human race. I’m sure all of us will overcome this with our joint resolve and action,” Naveen concluded.