Odisha Relaxes Home Isolation Norms For RRB Exam Candidates

Candidates appearing in the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) examinations breathe a sigh of relief as the Odisha government on Tuesday announced a relaxation of the mandatory 7-day home isolation norms. All candidates travelling to Bhubaneswar for the RRB exam, including those from the five high-risk states, are exempt from home quarantine.

Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, PK Mohapatra in a letter to all district collectors and municipal commissioners said: “A person establishing his/her identity with a copy of the RRB examination admit card will be exempted from the home quarantine requirement, but strict COVID appropriate behaviour should be adhered to by all candidates appearing in the examination.”

The state government’s decision to tweak the norms came after the Chairman of Railway Recruitment Board, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh informed that around 10,500 candidates are slated to appear for the exam at Bhubaneswar from March 3 to March 31. The admit cards for the candidates have been issued much earlier, the RRB said.

Mohapatra said that keeping in view the RRB’s concern, the state government has decided that the home quarantine norms will not be applicable for candidates entering Odisha to appear in the examinations.

Earlier, due to the upsurge of COVID-19 cases in some states, the Odisha government imposed certain restrictions. People travelling to Odisha from the five high-risk states – Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh – are subject to seven-day home isolation upon their arrival.

However, asymptomatic passengers with RT-PCR negative reports or a Covid vaccination final certificate are exempt from the home isolation.

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