Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today administered oath of responsibility to sarpanches of 6,798 panchayats of the State to fight against corona.
The sarpanches were administered an oath to quarantine people visiting their villages from other States and to make proper arrangements for their stay, food, and medical treatment and not allow corona to enter villages, said an official press release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
In this programme Chief Minister Patnaik joined in from Naveen Niwas, Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy and other senior officers joined in from Lok Seva Bhawan and sarpanches from the Block offices via video conferencing, the press release added.
It may be noted here that the Chief Minister had recently delegated powers of District Collectors to sarpanches to contain the spread of corona in the State.
“I have full confidence on the capacity of sarpanches. If they strictly follow the measures announced by the government to contain the spread of corona, then corona cannot enter villages,” the Chief Minister stated.
The Chief Minister while advising the sarpanches to continue with their good work said that the entire government and government machinery is with them always.
During the event, the Chief Minister discussed with sarpanches of different blocks.
The Chief Minister spoke with sarpanches of Koraput Sadar block, Kendrapara Sadar block, Ersama block of Jagatsinghpur district, Dhankaouda block of Sambalpur, Bardol block of Bargarh and Basudevpur block of Bhadrak.
Sarpanches informed the Chief Minister about the preparedness and arrangements made at the quarantine centres in their respective panchayats.
Participating in the programme Panchayati Raj Minister Pratap Jena said that farsighted and realistic measures taken by the Chief Minister is earning praises at all levels. The people of Odisha are proud fo this, he added.
Similarly, the Chief Minister delegating powers of District Collectors to sarpanches is another significant step, he pointed out.
He said as a result of the above step, sarpanches will work as frontline COVID warriors.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said that because of the Chief Minister’s farsighted steps, the State as of now is much ahead in fight against corona. He was hopeful that the panchayats would properly execute the government’s measures and deliver.
Secretary to Chief Minister (5T) V K Pandian discussed with the sarpanches some well thought out and realistic suggestions to contain COVID-19 contagion in rural areas during the programme.
Earlier, Principal Secretary Panchayati Raj D K Singh shared details of how to make quarantine arrangements for Odia’s coming from outside States.
He said that in the coming days around 5 lakh stranded Odias in other States are expected to return to Odisha.
Every sarpanch has to make quarantine arrangements in his/her panchayat keeping in mind expected arrivals in their respective panchayats, he added.
Singh informed that the State government will start a portal for purpose the purpose of registration of these returnees on April 24.
Returnees themselves or their relatives and family members have to register their details on this portal before their arrival, he added.
The sarpanches of the respective panchayats have to ensure this, he pointed out.
Apart from posting of a Nodal Officer in each panchayat ,Singh suggested for forming a five-member team by the BDO in each panchayat for supervision of these activities.
Notably, the Chief Minister has earlier announced that stay, food, and medical expenses of those in quarantine will be provided free of cost and on completion of quarantine the person will be provided with a sum of Rs 2000 each.