COVID-19 lockdown: OLA sets up control room to help stranded workers from Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Extending helping hand to migrant workers and students stranded outside Odisha due to nationwide lockdown for COVID-19 pandemic, Odisha Legislative Assembly has set up a control room to redress their issues.

The control room has been set up at Room No.9 (ground floor) of Odisha Legislative Assembly building for the members of their respective Assembly constituencies to help the distressed persons stranded in other states due to lockdown.

As per the notification issued by Odisha Legislative Assembly today, the control room will be operated from April 22 to May 3 (excluding official holidays) between 10.00 am and 5.30 pm.

The migrant workers and students from Odisha facing difficulties or trapped in other states due to lockdown restrictions in the country, can contact the OLA control room at the telephone number 0674-2390525 for further assistance.

Assembly Deputy Secretary Shishir Kanta Swain, who is the Nodal Officer of the control room, will coordinate with other state governments or state legislative assemblies for providing assistance to the distressed persons.

Also, the victims seeking assistance from Odisha government can email the legislators of their concerned assembly constituencies at [email protected] and share their issues.

The move came a day after Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro urged all the MLAs and MPs to inform his office about the people stranded outside the state amid the ongoing lockdown.

After holding a meeting with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla through video-conferencing on Tuesday, Patro said that Odisha Assembly will soon set up a help desk for migrant workers.

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