Odisha CM demands national SOP for smooth return of stranded people  


Bhubaneswar: A day after discussing a smooth exit plan for migrant workers with his counterparts in Gujarat and Maharashtra, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday demanded a national uniform standard operating procedure (SOP) for smooth movement of stranded persons across the country.

During a video conferencing with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Patnaik demanded that the Centre should unveil a national SOP for smooth movement and return of stranded persons, including students, workers, pilgrims, patients, professionals of one State stuck in another State due to the lockdown.

Patnaik also discussed on taking care of stranded workers by respective States and increase in Covid-19 testing facilities.

Prime Minister Modi on Monday held a video conference with the CMs of all States to discuss further strategies for the prevention of the coronavirus infections and ways to ease the lockdown across the country.

At least nine CMs spoke during the video conferencing the fourth between PM Modi and the CMs on the Covid-19 pandemic since March 20. These are CMs of Meghalaya, Mizoram, Puducherry, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat and Haryana.

The rest were asked to write to the Prime Minister with their suggestions.

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