COVID-19 warriors: Odisha to treat deceased healthcare professionals as martyrs

Bhubaneswar: Honouring the doctors and healthcare professionals of Odisha amid COVID-19 outbreak, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that Rs 50 lakh will be provided in the case of death of any public or private healthcare personnel involved in the fight against the disease.

“The state government in convergence with Government of India initiative will ensure that Rs 50 lakh is given for all health personnel (private and public) and members of all other support services who lose their precious lives in the fight against COVID-19,” the CM said in a video message.

The state will treat them as martyrs and provide state funeral with state honors, he said.

A detailed scheme of awards will be instituted recognizing their unparalleled sacrifice. These awards will be given on national days. The families of all government personnel (medical and others) will continue to receive full salary till the date of retirement, Patnaik said.

Any act against them is an act against the state. In case anyone indulges in any act that will disturb or dishonor their work, very strict criminal action will be taken against them including invoking the provisions of the National Security Act, the CM said.

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