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COVID-19 In Odisha: Naveen Stresses On Scaling-Up Livelihood Activities

Bhubaneswar: More than 1.25 lakh persons have recovered from COVID-19 in Odisha. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during a review meeting today appreciated the efforts of Health functionaries and COVID Warriors as more than one lakh have recovered in the last five weeks itself.

“While I get good feedback about Enforcement activities throughout the State, the feedback regarding Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate area is not encouraging. I have been repeatedly harping on this. DG Police must directly look into this and do the needful as being done throughout the State,” Naveen said.

The Chief Minister instructed Collectors to ensure that “MGNREGS and all livelihood activities must be scaled up like never before and closely monitored.” With Economy slowing down, it is important to pump in funds to rural households, he said, adding that MSME and other Industrial activities should be fully supported to reach pre-Covid levels.

“Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Soil Conservation, Forestry and Agriculture interventions as announced in my Covid livelihood package should be followed-up as a top priority.”

Credit flow to – Farmers, Mission Shakti – Self Help Groups, MSMEs and Weavers must be closely followed up, said Naveen.

“Basically Collectors must ensure scaled up activities in livelihood sectors coupled with increased fund flow. This is the only way by which we can protect Rural Odisha particularly poor people from the impact of Economic Slowdown.
You all might be aware that the last quarter Economic growth of country is Minus 23%. Let us not allow people to be affected by this,” the Chief Minister added.

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