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Local MLA Can Be Taken Into Confidence While Managing COVID-19 Situation: BJD MLA To CM Naveen   

Bhubaneswar: Amid the return of stranded migrants to Odisha, Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi has urged the State Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to ensure that all the district administrations take the local MLA into confidence when it comes to dealing with issues related to COVID-19.

In a letter written to the Chief Minister, the Gopalpur MLA wrote, “For the quarantine accommodation of the migrant workers, necessary planning may kindly be made to keep them in their own gram panchayats/blocks so that better attention, service can be provided to them. The district administration may kindly be instructed to take the local MLA into confidence on dealing with such issues.”

The BJD MLA said that for three lakh people to come to Odisha, it will take three to four months so before that we should be prepared.

Speaking on his request made to the Chief Minister, Panigrahi said, “Local MLAs know about their area and the local residents very well. Whether it is chairman or sarpanch, they are always in contact with the local MLA. My suggestion is to involve the local MLA in the fight against COVID-19 as many migrant workers are going to come to the State in the near future.”

Panigrahi also suggested constitution of committees to monitor the COVID-19 management at the parliamentary constituencies level or at assembly constituency level which may be headed by local MLA.

Citing spike in number of COVID-19 patients, Panigrahi also requested the CM to increase the number of COVID hospitals in the State.

Raising the issue of migrants travelling on bicycles to their native place, the Gopalpur MLA suggested that highway care centres could be opened to provide food and water to such migrants.

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