Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Amidst chaos following apprehensions over possible shortage of essential commodities after the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the State, Odisha government has come up with a clarification urging people not to believe in such rumours.

State Food & Supplies Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain informed that the government is planning to distribute a 3-months advance Public distribution system (PDS) ration to the public. With capital city and other parts of Odisha grappling with a shortage of precautionary equipment, Swain further said the government is looking at increasing the production of masks and sanitisers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

People shouldn't pay attention to rumours on the shortage of essential commodities, says Swain.

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In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said that the government has made provisions to facilitate beneficiaries availing pension every month. "Advance payment of old-age pension for the month of April, May, June and July will be given to beneficiaries soon as per the directive of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik," he assured.

Section 144 Imposed To Prevent Spread Of Infection

Prohibitory orders under section 144 of IPC was first enforced in Ganjam district where the administration has objected to any public gathering in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak. Moreover, the leave of all government employees has been cancelled.

Section 144 has also been clamped in the districts of Bhadrak, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Mayurbhanj, and Gajapati to prevent mass gathering of people and also organising any socio-cultural event. Similarly, Khurda Collector has clamped Section 144 in the sub-division while imposing restrictions on visit to Maa Bhagabati temple, Ugratara temple and Bukhari Baba shrine.

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Section 144 was also imposed in Jajpur district. The administration has scrapped the leave of all government employees apart from cancelling the famous Baruni Snana which was scheduled to be held on March 21 with a view to check the spread of the virus.

Puri district administration also followed suit as it clamped Section 144 at Chandrabhaga and Puri sea beaches. Section 144 has also been imposed in Paradip town in Sea Beach and Nehru Bungalow areas, while all shopping malls, Yatri Niwas, Kalyan Mandaps and cinema halls have been shut by the administration for the time being.