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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: Hours after the School and Mass Education and the State Higher Education department in Odisha announced there is much likelihood on the reopening of schools and colleges in the State after New Year, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed displeasure on difference in statements of the departments and rapped the concerned authorities over showing lack of coordination.

Patnaik said the State government will only take appropriate decision at the right time after reviewing the COVID situation in the state.

Earlier on Thursday, Secretary, Higher Education Department Saswat Mishra had said that the Department is hopeful that colleges across Odisha would reopen in January 2021.

Similarly, School and Mass Education Minister Sameer Ranjan Dash on Thursday had said that there is also likelihood of reopening of schools in the State after New Year. Dash had also said that the priority will be given to class 10 and 12 and if possible, classes might also be continued on holidays and weekends.

Meanwhile, CM Naveen also reviewed Odisha's preparedness for Covid-19 vaccination drive and expressed pleasure that the danger of a second wave gripping the state has been avoided.

Patnaik highlighted that everyone should be cautious yet optimistic that the winter should pass in an uneventful manner as well.

"The database and logistics for a swift vaccination drive is already in place. Odisha has been amongst the best states in India for COVID management. Even the Niti Ayog has praised us for the same," said Naveen.

Addressing the meeting, Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department PK Mohapatra said Sero Survey will be carried out in Ganjam, Nayagarh and Koraput by December 31 while the exercise will be completed in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar in the month of January 2021.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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