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Migrants’ exodus has started in different parts of the country with the rise of the second wave of Covid-19 Pandemic. Thousands of Migrant labourers working in the big cities of…

Flashback 2020: Countless Days Of Fear & Fury As Odisha Battles Covid-19 Pandemic

By Devbrat Patnaik Infamous among many as the ‘Chinese’ virus – the lethal Covid-19 made its way into Odisha from Italy via New Delhi in March this year. Nine months into the outbreak of the pandemic in the State, and all eyes are now on the new UK variant genome knocking at the doors of […]

Mohan Bhagwat Holds Meeting With Swayamsevaks, Stresses On Creating Job Opportunities For Migrants

Bhubaneswar: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday took stock of the various activities undertaken by the organisation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and held discussions with its leaders on ways to ensure proper rehabilitation for the migrant workers who returned to their native places, sources said. Several issues, including the crisis caused by COVID- 19, were […]

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COVID-19 Lockdown: Over 8.5 Lakh Migrants Returned To Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Amid Covid-19 pandemic, about 8,53,777 migrants have returned to Odisha so far, State Labour minister Susanta Singh informed in the ongoing monsoon session of Odisha assembly on Tuesday. Replying to a question from Congress MLA Santosh Singh Saluja, Singh sated that the maximum Odia migrants have returned from the States of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu […]

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Sonu Sood Accommodates 20,000 Homeless Migrants After Providing Jobs

Mumbai: Actor Sonu Sood on Monday announced that he is offering accommodation to 20,000 migrant workers in Noida. The actor, who was in the national spotlight for his work in helping migrants reach their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic, shared the news on Instagram. Sood, 47, also said these workers have also been provided jobs […]

Odisha To Execute Forestry Projects Worth Rs 602 Cr To Create Jobs For Migrants

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to provide employment to migrant workers who returned to the state in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Odisha government will take up forestry projects worth Rs 602 crore under the MGNREGA scheme in the current fiscal, a minister said on Sunday. The government has decided to spend more funds […]

21 Crore Man-Days Employment Provided Under GKRA To Migrants Of Six States Including Odisha: Govt

New Delhi: Around 21 crore man-days employment has been provided under the Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) to the returnees of six states including Odisha, said an official statement on Thursday. According to the Ministry of Rural Development: “GKRA is taking action on mission mode to provide employment to migrant workers who have returned to […]

Railways Generated 5.5 lakh Mandays Of Work Under GKRA In 6 States Including Odisha

New Delhi: The railways has generated more than 5.5 lakh mandays of work in six states including Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, under a central infrastructure creation-cum-livelihood generation scheme launched amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the national transporter said in a statement on Sunday. Around 165 railway infrastructure projects worth Rs 2,988 […]

Opportunity Amidst Crisis: Migrants Help Co-Villagers Create 1 KM-Long Canal In Odisha

Kandhamal: Jimendra Pradhan & many of his other fellow residents of Guhibadi in Daringbadi block who once eked a handsome living outside Odisha are now jobless and staring at an uncertain future due to the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Life has never been as hard on them as the past few months. But […]

Irregularities Arise In Distribution Of Quarantine Incentive In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Even as the Odisha government had announced to pay Rs 2,000 incentive to those completing institutional quarantine after their return from other States and outside, large-scale irregularities in the disbursement of the financial assistance have been reported from several places. In some places, migrants who completed institutional quarantine have not received the incentive even […]

Odisha Netas Conspicuous In Their Absence In COVID-19 fight?

Bhubaneswar: At a time when people across Odisha are encountering numerous problems due to the COVID-19 pandemic and struggling to put their lives back on track, the absence and lack of support from their elected representatives is a glaring omission. With economic activity coming to a grinding halt, livelihoods have been endangered. The problem is […]

Sonu Sood To Pen Book On Experience Of Helping Migrants Amid COVID Crisis

Mumbai: Actor Sonu Sood is now all set to come up with a book recounting his experience of helping migrant workers reach their hometowns during the Covid lockdown. “The past three and half months have been a kind of a life-changing experience for me, living with the migrants for 16 to 18 hours a day […]

CJI Bobde Explains Why Migrants' Case Was Not Taken Up Urgently

New Delhi: Chief Justice S.A. Bobde on Friday, citing migrant workers’ case, said it is not for the apex court to take up every matter at the very first instance, especially in the backdrop that facts associated with the matter differ from one state to another. The Chief Justice said, “people and lawyers’ have expressed […]

UP Creates Maximum Employment For Migrants, What About Odisha?

Lucknow/Bhubaneswar: Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the biggest contributor to employment generation in the country. The state has ensured employment to more than 57 lakh unskilled workers who are now engaged in various projects under MGNREGS, State Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avanish Awasthi said. With 57.2 lakh people involved in one or the other project, […]

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Odisha Govt Planning 20 Crore MGNREGA Workdays For Employment Of Returning Migrants

Bhubaneswar: After huge influx of migrants from other States and with Coronavirus crisis still far from over, Odisha government has now planned to create around 20 crore of workdays as employment opportunities for returnees under the MGNREGA scheme. In a daily bulletin, the State government on Sunday announced that under the MGNREGA scheme, it will […]

From Odisha With Love! 11,000 'Thank You' Postcards On Way to Sonu Sood

Kendrapara: As a gesture of love and gratitude for Bollywood actor, Sonu Sood, who helped around 170 girls stranded in Kerala return to Odisha, a social organisation launched a postcard drive today. As part of the drive, 11,000 postcards with ‘Thank You’ will be sent to Sonu Sood who has been tirelessly helping stranded migrants […]

Provide Jobs To Migrants, Drop Cases Against Them: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday passed a slew of directions to state governments and Union Territories to provide benefits for migrant workers, who returned to their native states and directed the governments to submit schemes to generate employment for the migrants, and also to withdraw cases against them for violating lockdown orders. A […]

Bus Ferrying Migrants From Kerala To West Bengal Overturns In Odisha, 7 Injured

Balasore: As many as seven people were injured when a bus ferrying West Bengal-bound migrants overturned in Balasore on Saturday. The bus was carrying migrant workers who were stuck in Kerala due to the nationwide lockdown, As per reports, the bus carrying as many as 38 passengers was on its way to Kolkata when it […]

Migrants 'Pull Chain' Of Odisha Govt's COVID Containment Measures

Bhubaneswar: Misusing the facility of alarm chain pulling is a criminal act on any given day, and particularly in the times of a pandemic when there is a threat of community transmission of COVID and even consequential deaths, worse crimes like these wherein migrants are de-boarding trains to flee, seem no less than grade-1 felonies. […]

ICMR Revises COVID-19 Testing Strategy, Migrants With ILI Symptoms Will Be Tested Within 7 Days

New Delhi: Revising its strategy for COVID-19 testing, ICMR said on Monday that returnees and migrants who show symptoms for influenza-like illness will be tested for coronavirus infection within seven days of ailment and stressed that no emergency clinical procedure, including deliveries, should be delayed for lack of testing. The Indian Council of Medical Research […]

Odisha Govt Will Be Responsible If Any Migrant Dies Travelling Home On Foot: LoP Pradipta Naik

Bhubaneswar: As thousands of migrants and other daily wage labourers continue to set out on foot to return to their homes in Odisha from different States and many others exiting Odisha for their homeward journey amid the nationwide lockdown, Leader of the Opposition, Pradipta Naik today stated that the State government will be responsible for […]

Govt Should Focus On Releasing Money Directly Into Pockets Of People: Rahul Gandhi

Bhubaneswar: The focus of the Centre should be to feed the hungry so that they can tide through the tough situation arising out of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi while addressing regional media on Saturday. Responding to a question by OTV News Editor Radhamadhab Mishra on Prime Minister Narendra […]

Hunger Crisis A Double Whammy For Migrants During COVID-19 Lockdown

Bhubaneswar: The episode of hunger crisis driving migrant exodus in India has all but exposed a gloomy picture of how COVID-19 is leaving an ineradicable dent in the economic condition of the poorest and the most vulnerable sections of society. Odisha, which has witnessed the worst migration scenario, has been in limelight for the record […]

COVID-19 Crisis: Centre To Use Rs 3,100 Crore From PM-CARES For Ventilators, Migrants' Welfare

New Delhi: The Centre allocated Rs 3,100 crore from the PM CARES (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations) Fund on Wednesday evening to fight against COVID-19. The bulk of it, Rs 2,000 crore, will be spent to buy ventilators, while a significant Rs 1,000 crore is being earmarked for the migrant labourers. […]

COVID-19 Lockdown: Migrants Flee After Jumping Off Shramik Special Train, 7 Nabbed

Angul: At a time when migrants are being brought to Odisha in special trains from different parts of the country, some of them jumped off a train allegedly after pulling the emergency chain near Majhika on the outskirts of Angul town last evening. While seven migrants have been caught by the police, efforts are on […]