Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday had a video conference with his Andhra Pradesh counter part Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and hailed him for effectively combating the COVIDE-19 situation in his state.
The two leaders discussed the measures being taken for safe return of thousands of migrants stranded in each other states due to COVID-19 lockdown.
Patnaik also expressed his gratitude to Andhra Pradesh Government for the care taken of people of Odisha who are stranded in the neighbouring state. Similarly, Jagan also requested to Patnaik for safe return of migrant labourers stuck in Odisha.
During the talk over return of stranded Odia migrant workers, Patnaik said, “those who wish to stay in Andhra Pradesh and work there, let them do so. And those who want to return, I would like your Chief Secretary and mine to coordinate their travel arrangement.”
Sharing details about Odisha people stranded in Andhra Pradesh, Jagan said that his government is taking measure for safe return of Odia migrants stranded there.
“There are around 20,000 people from Odisha stranded in Andhra Pradesh, out of which 1914 people have expressed their interest to leave to home state. The rest of the people, we are trying to postulate to know whether they want to go back and accordingly, we will make arrangements for their travel,” Jagan said.