Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has asked all district and municipal authorities to ensure spot registration of unregistered returnees in temporary medical camps with immediate action after their arrival from other States.
In a letter to all district collectors and municipal commissioners, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena has instructed the officials to check the registration status of each returnee on the State COVID portal and ensure spot-registration if not pre-registered. Further, Jena has instructed to check the registration status of the returnees already under quarantine and register them on the web portal if not done.
The GPNO/WNO will further verify after the returnees complete their quarantine period, the letter by the SRC stated.
Following allegations of lapses by bus drivers in boarding and disembarking people returning to Odisha during their journey to their destination districts, the Special Relief Commissioner in another letter has asked the authorities to make sure that buses ferrying the returnees from other States do not board/alight any passenger enroute from the border checkpoints to the destination district(s).
Jena in his letter has clarified that strict action will be taken against the bus driver in case of any violation and will be detained for further investigation. He has further instructed to ensure that the buses should be sent in a convoy with police escort.
To avoid congestion at Border Check Points (BCP) for registration of returnees who have not pre-registered, the SRC has also issued revised SOPs. In his letter, to the Transport Commissioner, all Collectors, Municipal Commissioners, Twin City Commissioner of Police and all Superintendents of Police, Jena has mentioned that the returnees to Odisha travelling in buses who have not pre-registered are causing congestion at the BCPs for which registration of individual returnees at the BCP is not insisted. However, vehicle registration with details of the driver (name, driving license number) is essential.
As per the revised operating procedures, the government will issue entry pass for the vehicles in a prescribed format and a duplicate copy of the pass shall be affixed on the windscreen of the vehicle while the second copy shall be handed over to the driver with instructions to report at the reception centre of the destination district.
"All passengers returning from other states shall be stamped on their right inner forearm. The reception at the destination district will verify the number of people arriving at the destination and the details in the second copy of the vehicle entry pass. In case of any discrepancy in the total number of passengers, the vehicle along with the driver shall be detained for further investigation and strict action shall be enforced as per law," the SRC letter mentioned.