Odisha CM suggests PM Modi to scale up COVID-19 testing facilities

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to scale up coronavirus (COVID-19) testing facilities at government and private hospitals across the country and make it free.

Patnaik made the suggestion during a videoconference meeting of the PM with the CMs of all states over coronavirus containment and treatment. The CM also suggested for availability of protection equipments and masks for healthcare personnel.

Financial support for MGNREGS workers for at least 50 days and families covered under the National Food Security Act, additional instalments for farmers covered under PM KISAN scheme, economic package for various sectors and construction workers, and distribution of funds to states in advance were other major suggestions of Patnaik.

He also appreciated Central Government’s decision regarding restriction on international travel, airlifting Indians from coronavirus-hit areas of the world and availability of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

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