‘Odisha CM inspiration to all in combating COVID-19’

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Naveen Patnaik is an inspiration to all, said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy over the state’s efforts being made to control spread of novel croronavirus.

“You have been inspiration to all and to me too,” Jagan said in a video conference after Patnaik hailed him for effectively combating the grave situation in Andhra Pradesh.

The two leaders discussed the measures being taken for safe return of thousands of migrants stranded in each other states due to COVID-19 lockdown.

Patnaik also expressed his gratitude to Andhra Pradesh Government for the care taken of people of Odisha who are stranded in the neighbouring state. Similarly, Jagan also requested to Patnaik for safe return of migrant labourers stuck in Odisha.

During the talk over return of stranded Odia migrant workers, Patnaik said, “those who wish to stay in Andhra Pradesh and work there, let them do so. And those who want to return, I would like your Chief Secretary and mine to coordinate their travel arrangement.”

Sharing details about Odisha people stranded in Andhra Pradesh, Jagan said that his government is taking measure for safe return of Odia migrants stranded there.

“There are around 20,000 people from Odisha stranded in Andhra Pradesh, out of which 1914 people have expressed their interest to leave to home state. The rest of the people, we are trying to postulate to know whether they want to go back and accordingly, we will make arrangements for their travel,” Jagan said.

Meanwhile, Patnaik also earned appreciation from his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa for effectively tackling the situation in Odisha.

“Congratulations! You are controlling COVID-19 situation very well in Odisha,” Yediyurappa said in a video conference held today over safe return of migrant labourers stuck amid lockdown.

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