Odisha CM demands decentralised approach for implementation of COVID-19 regulations

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today pitched for a decentralised approach while implementing lockdown and other regulations. During a video conferencing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister said there should be broad principles at national level about lockdown and other regulations and the same must be allowed to be implementated in decentralized manner by local administration.

“A smaller, scientific unit can replace district as unit for zoning, and we should allow local administration to decide this area,” the CM said.

The Union Government may modify existing schemes to incentivise and actively involve Panchayati Raj institutions in COVID management. “As the fight is going to be long, it is important that we involve Panchayats for a system based response,” the CM opined.

To reboot the economic activities, the Union Government may come up with a National Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Our production lines are interlinked and so also our value addition process, cutting across state boundaries. A national SOP will guide in a unified response in rebooting economy, he added.

Railway movements may be regulated in consultation with States as being done for stranded persons, the Chief Minister said.

During the video conferencing with the Prime Minister, Patnaik raised five points.

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