Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today reviewed the arrangements regarding cyclone preparedness with Chief Secretary and Special Relief Commissioner through virtual platform, linking the state control room and cyclone dash board.
Chief Minister said that every life is precious; thus all possible steps should be taken to protect life and again sought the cooperation of people in evacuation exercise. He also directed the administration to monitor the situation regularly.
Chief Minister was briefed by Chief Secretary Sri S. C. Mohapatra about the steps taken by the administration regarding evacuation while Special Relief Commissioner Sri P. K. Jena made a presentation regarding the position of cyclone.
Chief Minister said that more than 6 Lakh Covid infected persons have been cured due to the dedicated work of all front-line Covid Warriors, doctors and health workers. Their sincere effort to save people’s precious lives in the Corona situation is truly commendable, Hon’ble Chief Minister added.
Chief Minister said that State Government has approved special labour rate for post Cyclone Yaas restoration work: ₹462 for unskilled labour, ₹522 for semi-skilled and ₹597 for skilled labour, which are 50% higher than rates notified by Labour and Employees’ State Insurance Department. ₹175 has been fixed towards food and other charges per day, he added.
Chief Minister has deputed Hon’ble Minister Energy, MSME, Industries and Home (MoS) Capt. Dibyashankar Mishra to Baleswar to monitor Cyclone Yaas situation.
Chief Minister called upon to follow scientific advisories and safety measures as Odisha braces up for impending Cyclone Yaas. Hon’ble Chief Minister urged people to restrain from rumours and not to panic, He also appealed to follow the DOs and DON’Ts and cooperate with administration to keep them and their near ones safe from danger.
Chief Minister said that operations are on full swing to evacuate the vulnerable people living in the low lying areas in Talasari, Bhogarai and Baleswar. State Government is working to shift all the vulnerable people in coastal areas to Multipurpose Cyclone Shelters to protect every life, he added.
Chief Minister said that State Government has identified pregnant and expecting mothers in districts which are going to be affected by Cyclone Yaas. Pregnant women are being shifted to Maa Gruha or Community Health Centres while high-risk pregnant women are being shifted to nearest hospitals, he added.