Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of an MLA in Odisha getting infected by COVID-19, Congress MLA Sura Routray on Tuesday demanded a special set of Coronavirus guidelines for legislators.

MLAs are also ‘COVID Warriors’ as they are tirelessly working for the people in this time of crisis. So, they should also get all the facilities and benefits that other frontline warriors are getting, said Routray.

The Congress further said that the legislators need to be extra careful. "Work for people, but at the same time, take precautions. In case you get infected by the virus, undergo treatment," he said.

BJP MLA Pradipta Naik said that people need to understand that 'we need to follow the COVID guidelines to save our lives.'

"India will have a lower mortality rate in comparison to other countries as a larger section of the country is comprised of the young mass and we also have a strong immune system," said Naik. If one follows the guidelines, he can not only save himself but also others from infection, he added.

Meanwhile, concerned officials and the ruling-BJD leaders couldn't be contacted for comments on the demand of the Congress MLA.

Nilagiri MLA, Sukanta Nayak was detected COVID-19 positive on Monday and it was for the first time that a member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly tested positive for the virus. Soon after, Union Minister Pratap Sarangi self-quarantined himself as he had reportedly shared dias with the BJP legislator during a government programme.

Teachers in Odisha have also demanded ‘COVID Warrior’ status citing that they are putting their lives on the front lines in the fight against the pandemic. Two teachers have died in Odisha while on COVID19 duty.

Odisha Primary Teachers’ Association said that several teachers are working at the grassroots level with the administration right from assisting in the relocation of migrants returning in trains to quarantine centres and in the management of TMCs and COVID care centres; and hence, they should also be tagged as COVID Warriors.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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