While the whole country is fighting the Coronavirus, the visionary Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, took one step further and taken a bold decision announcing martyr status for doctors and health worker dying on coronavirus duty.
A detailed scheme of awards would be instituted, recognizing their unparalleled sacrifice, and the awards will be given on national days.
The Odisha government will also accord state funeral and give State honour to all those doctors and health workers losing their battle against COVID-19. Odisha becomes the first State to do so.
The Chief Minister also warned that any action against the health workers would be treated as an act against the State. Strict criminal action will be taken, including invoking the provisions of the National Security Act against the guilty.
This is a huge step taken by the State government at this hour of crisis when everybody is fighting the pandemic.
Along with the martyr status, the government will also give Rs. 50 lakh assistance to the martyrs’ families.
“Entire human race is in a fight with Coronavirus, and the world has lost more than 2 lakh lives in a span of three months. No continent has been spared, and most countries are in a state of war with this invisible enemy,” the Odisha Chief Minister said in a video message.
“The state in convergence with the government of India initiative will ensure that Rs 50 lakh is given for all health personnel (private and public) and members of all other support services who lose their precious lives in the fight against COVID-19,” he added.
The announcement follows the incident where three doctors and 19 nurses working in a hospital in Jajpur district were sent to institutional quarantine after coming in contact with COVID-19 positive persona.
Odisha is one of the states which has COVID19 cases under the 100-mark. The total number of positive cases stands at 83, where 32 have recovered.