Covid- 19 news | today |Back To Square One: Odisha Migrants Head Back Home Amid Fresh Covid Curbs

Covid- 19 news | today |Back To Square One: Odisha Migrants Head Back Home Amid Fresh Covid Curbs

Bhubaneswar: With several states imposing strict restrictions like lockdown and shutdown amid alarming rise in Covid-19 cases, migrant labourers from Odisha started their return journey to the States.

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Large number of migrant workers were seen entering the State from West Bengal through Laxmannath Check Gate while labourers working in Chhattisgarh take Malkangiri’s Motu and Umerkote’s Dandesera route to return to the State by hiring vehicles or by walking.

Checking has been stepped up in border areas and labourers are allowed entry into the State after showing Covid-19 negative report and other documents.

Jitendra Rout, migrant said, “During our journey police personnel inquire where we are coming from and where heading to. Therefore, I am carrying a Covid-19 negative report with me.”


However, there are reports that some labourers are illegally entering the State. Today, the motor vehicle inspector of Balasore imposed Rs 92,000 fine on three buses from West Bengal for entering Odisha even after suspension of the inter-state bus services.

On the other hand, the Odisha government has started arrangements to cope up with the returnees.

Labour Minister Susanta Singh though about 9 lakh migrants had returned to Odisha last year during lockdown, the number may go down this year.

“Migrant workers returning to the State are asked to stay in home isolation. We are setting up quarantine centre in zilla parishad zone. If more number of migrant workers return, the government will extend the facilities to panchayat level,” he added.

Last year, migrants had to face severe difficulties as they lost their livelihood due to closure of industries during lockdown. Due to lack of transport facilities, they had to walk miles to reach their homes

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said such situation has not arisen yet this year and urged migrants to stay where they are.

“I request the migrant workers to remain where they are, you will soon be vaccinated. Last time we did not have the required medical infrastructure, now we do,” the PM had said in his address recently.

Today News |Odisha Govt Cancels Annual HSC Matric Exams 2021, April 21 | School news |

Bhubaneswar: In a major development, the Odisha School and Mass Education Minister on Wednesday cancelled the annual HSC Matric examinations, just a day after facing backlash from class 10 students for delaying in taking a final decision in this regard despite a grave resurgence in cases of Covid-19 infections.

“After reaching a conclusive decision following detailed discussions with all stakeholders, we are cancelling the annual class 10 examinations conducted by the Board of Secondary Education (BSE) and the Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education in view of the worsening pandemic situation,’ School and Mass Education Minister Sameer Dash informed the media at a presser.

The results of the Class 10 will be published as per the criterion prepared by the respective boards. In case of any disagreement with the results, students will be given chance for examination only after any improvement in the Covid pandemic situation, said Dash.

Similarly, the Director of Secondary Education, as the President of Odisha State Board of Madrasa Education will also take appropriate steps for awarding alternate mode of marks to the students who are supposed to appear in Madrasa Board Examination, read the official notification issued by the State School and Mass Education Department.

“This was the first exam of our career and we have been working hard for matric since a year. The decision is disheartening. But after the CBSE and ICSE Class 10 exams were cancelled, the decision was not much surprising for us,” said a Class 10 students of Chahata Nagar in Cuttack.

“We have been preparing for the exams for a year. This will affect the psychology of the students. However, there were no alternatives to break the chain of the virus,” said another student.

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