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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: With Odisha government making registration mandatory for people stranded outside the state & intending to return after the COVID19 lockdown ends on May 3, as many as 4.86 lakh people have registered themselves on the dedicated website.

During the daily press briefing today, Odisha govt spokesperson Subroto Bagchi informed that in the past 48 hours, no less than 4.86 lakh people have registered themselves to return to Odisha.

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Bagchi said that nodal officers from 6,798 Gram Panchayat’s have been trained to facilitate the registration process of people willing to come back to Odisha. The government has launched a portal https://covidl9.odisha.gov.in for the registration of people intending to return to Odisha.

Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department has made arrangements for temporary medical camps/centres and so far 7,102 such camps/centres with 2.27 lakh beds have been set up, informed officials.

Earlier in the day, participating in the Video Conference review meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had suggested preparation of a National Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for smooth movement of stranded persons including students, workers, pilgrims, patients and professionals etc. He further requested all the States to take care of the stranded workers.

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Meanwhile, four buses carrying stranded people departed from Surat to Ganjam district this afternoon. As per reports, local administration in Surat granted permission for departure of buses booked by the returnees at their own expense. According to reports, around 200 persons are on board the busses.

Earlier on 26th April, CM Naveen Patnaik had held discussions with his Gujarat counterpart Vijay Rupani through video conferencing in presence of Union PNG and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan about the issues pertaining to migrant workers. It was decided in the meeting that the stranded migrant workers will be brought back to the State from Gujarat by buses. A coordination committee comprising two officials each from Odisha and Gujarat will be set up and arrangements will be made for transportation of migrant workers in special buses.

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