Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Senior Congress MLA and leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Narasingha Mishra has urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take steps to convene Odisha Assembly session by the third week of August 2020.

In a letter to CM Naveen on Thursday, Mishra stated, “More than 7,000 people have been infected with Coronavirus and every day we find it is increasing alarmingly. No doubt in comparison to some States, our position is better, but at the same time some other states have performed better than us.”

Mishra further said that the State government has failed to provide medical facilities to large sections of people.

“Reports from Ganjam show that in rural areas, medicine shops are closed and as a result, people are not getting medicines while doctors are not available in primary and community health care centres. In Bhubaneswar, doctors are afraid of recording blood pressure of patients while in Bolangir some doctors are not visiting hospitals,” alleged Mishra.

Highlighting multiple issues that have cropped up due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he said, “Unemployment problem has become acute and the condition of migrated labourers is going bad to worse. Farmers are not able to sell their paddy because of petrol and diesel price hike and for other reasons.”

He further alleged that prices of essential commodities have increased and due to lack of transport facility, the movement of people has come to standstill.

“Democratic values have gone to the dustbin and constitutional rights have been curtailed. People's Representatives are not being taken into confidence,” he claimed.

“It is, therefore, necessary to convene the Assembly session by the third week of August to discuss various problems of people and try to find out solutions jointly for the welfare of the State,” stated the Congress.

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