Public Access Restricted at Government Offices in Odisha

The Odisha government has decided to restrict public access in government offices in districts with high Covid-19 infection rates. The two major cities in focus are Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. An order was issued by the General Administration and Public Grievance Department that restrict public access to government offices and the conduct of physical meetings considering the resurgence of Covid-19.

The following are the orders given by the General Administration and Public Grievance Department:

  • There shall be a restriction on public access at the government offices particularly in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and regions where the incidence of COVID infection is high.
  • Exclusively for remarkably compelling cases, entry of members will be authorised in a government office based on approval of the senior-most official and for redressal of public grievances, intensive use of the e-Abhijog portal will be made.
  • Physical meetings shall not take place, unless urgent and necessary. Meetings shall be held online as far as possible.
  • During physical meetings, a minimum distance of 2 metres should be maintained. Official works will be managed, as far as practical, by use of virtual means.

The administrative departments have been directed to deliver the aforementioned instructions to individual sub-ordinate and field offices for proper implementation of the protocol.

Odisha reported 879 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with 246 recoveries and one death, according to the State Health Department. The total number of cases stands at 3,45,526. There are 4,888 active cases as of today, while 3,38,662 patients have recovered from the disease. The total death toll due to Covid-19 stands at 1,923.

Notably, schools in Odisha have been closed with immediate effect for students of classes 9 and 11. The Odisha state board has allowed conducting online classes for the students belonging to the academic session 2021-22 till further orders.