Fight Against Corona: Naveen Administers Oath To Sarpanches

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday administered oath to sarpanches through video conferencing to create awareness on COVID-19 at the village level.
The sarpanches pledged to keep people coming from outside the state and other villages in quarantine and to look after their stay, food, and medicines.
“To stop the footsteps of corona in the village, we will take all necessary steps as per the government and implement it strictly. We will not let Coronavirus enter our panchayat,” the oath read.
The Odisha CM had earlier delegated powers of a district Collector to the sarpanches to aid the fight against coronavirus and ensure mandatory quarantine of returnees at the panchayats.
The decision assumed significance as one-third of people who tested positive for the virus had either travelled to West Bengal or came in contact with those returning from the neighbouring state.

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