Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to continue with the restrictions on train and air travel to Odisha at least till the end of June to contain the spread of COVID-19.
He made this request during the second phase of the Prime Minister’s video-conference with chief ministers.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said, “June is the toughest month for Odisha because a large number of migrants have returned and the monsoon has also started.”
“Hence, the Government of India should continue with the restrictions on train and air travel to Odisha,” Patnaik said.
He also drew the Prime Minister’s attention to the fact that some people from Odisha were still stranded in the Gulf countries.
“The Government of India should take steps to bring them back as most of them are engaged in low-paying jobs,” Patnaik said.
He underlined the difficulties of the students set to appear in all-India examinations like the NEET, JEE-Main, CLAT etc.
“The national-level entrance examinations should be conducted only after the state level Plus-II examinations are completed,” the chief minister said.