The current crisis demands that people with disabilities must be treated as vulnerable groups and special provisions included for them at every stage of the public health crisis.
In a series of tweets, Pradhan said an Ayushman Bharat beneficiary will be able to get himself tested for COVID-19 in any of the empanelled private hospital free of cost.
Laitu Lakra, a daily wage earner of IDL area said he has been out of work for the last three days as the contractor for whom he worked has stopped all construction work after the lockdown
The district has 44 cashew nut processing units and mostly employ women labourers from Jeypore, Kundra, Koraput, Dasmantpur, Boipariguda, Kotpad and Semiliguda.
Most schools, managed by the SC&ST department, disbursed stipends to hostel inmates while strictly adhering to COVID-19 guidelines on the day.
To break the coronavirus chain, Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange on Tuesday imposed restrictions on opening of shops selling essential commodities.
Most of the daily wagers in Sambalpur have come from within the district, neighbouring areas and adjoining states.
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The health infrastructure in all seven medical college hospitals and select district headquarters hospitals is also being ramped up to deal with the crisis.
The seer along with his followers arrived at Biju Patnaik International Airport from New Delhi after visiting Varanasi and some other religious places in the night.
Balasore Town police arrested two persons from Motiganj and Akatpur areas for violating the lockdown order.
Around 45 kalyan mandaps in Jagatsinghpur, Tirtol, Raghunathpur, Rahama, Kujang, Balikuda and Paradip have been shut down due to the crisis.
When the daily market witnessed large gathering in the morning, police stepped in to send people back home.
Tomato, which was sold at Rs 25 per kg, has now gone up to Rs 50 per kg. Similarly, the price of pointed gourd has doubled to Rs 40 per kg.
The self-help groups and panchayat officers have been roped in for the purpose besides ensuring that the migrants workers undergo the mandatory home quarantine.
Facilities will be made functional at the 11 sub-divisional hospitals and CHCs in the district. Collector Bhumesh Chandra Behera said around 40 foreign returnees have been put in home isolatiom.