CM Naveen Patnaik’s observations on PM Modi’s meeting with the Chief Ministers

Published: Apr 9, 2021, 11:48 am IST

The Samikhsya Bureau

BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s observations and reactions during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent meeting with the Chief Ministers on the Covid-19 situation has revealed several major achievements of the State Government in its effective management of the pandemic.

“We have reactivated our system to tackle the new rise in the Covid cases especially in districts bordering some states with high incidence of the virus”, the CM shared.

“We would request the Union Government for the following support in our Covid Management.

We thank the Union Government for allowing the States, under SDRF guidelines, to spend up to 50% of the annual allocation for Covid-related activities during 2020-21. The same guidelines may be continued for the year 2021-22 as well”, he stated.

The Cm further pointed out that during 2020-21, Odisha had requested for Rs 400 crores under Emergency Covid Response Plan (ECRP), but has received only Rs 146 crores. In view of the new wave of Covid, he requested that at least Rs 300 crores be released to Odisha for 2021-22 for Covid Management.

“Odisha has been doing well in vaccination program with among the lowest wastage in the country and efficient system of administering the vaccine to eligible persons. We have not been able to ramp up the vaccination due to supply issues. We are currently able to vaccinate 2.5 lakh persons per day and have capability to increase further. We request that at least 10 days stock of the vaccines is ensured for Odisha”, Patnaik stated.

The entire country has to put up a united front against this pandemic and Odisha will continue to provide support in this fight, the CM assured.