In yet another first from the state , Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a financial assistance of Rs 50 lakh each for the families of all health workers and support staff who lose their lives in the fight against COVID-19.
He said the government will treat them as martyrs.
“The state government in convergence with Centre”s initiative will ensure that Rs 50 lakh is given to all health personnel, both private and public, and members of all other support services, who lose their precious lives in the fight against COVID-19,” the chief minister said in a video message.
He said a detailed scheme of awards will be instituted, recognising their unparalleled sacrifice.
The awards will be given on national days, the chief minister said.
Patnaik also appealed to the people to be grateful for the selfless service being rendered by doctors, health professionals and other support services and said “any act against them is an act against the state”.
He said strict action will be taken against anyone indulging in any act that will disturb or dishonour their work.