25 March 2020
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh COngress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik today appreciated the State Government for the measures it has taken in managing COVID-19 pandemic in the State.
He also donated Rs 10 lakh to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to help the Government in supporting the unprivileged sections of the society.
"I take this opportunity to commend your government for the measures it has taken to contain the COVID-1 9 outbreak and minimise its impact," said Niranjan.
India's best chance in overcoming this global pandemic lies in social distancing and the ongoing lockdown is the most desirable recourse, he said in a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday.
Expressing concern about the hardships faced by daily wage earners, rickshaw pullers, construction workers, street vendors and migrant labourers, Niranjan urged the State Government to come to their rescue.
"I understand a few measures, including cash pay-outs, have been announced. While these initiatives are welcome, more needs to be done," he said.
More can be done if the government and the citizens of the state come together. The latter can strengthen the former's ability to intervene, the OPCC chief added.
"To this end, I hereby contribute a sum of Rs 10 lakh to the Chief Minister Relief Fund to help provide the necessary safety net that unprivileged people of Odisha need today," said Niranjan.