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Odisha Govt to get back stranded Odia migrant workers from Gujarat

Bhubaneswar: There is good news for migrants workers working outside the state. The Odisha Government has now decided to get back Odia migrant workers who are currently stranded in Gujarat due to nationwide lockdown for coronavirus outbreak.

The significant decision was taken after a video conferencing meeting between Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also part of the meeting.

As per the decision, a coordination committee comprising two senior officers of each state will be formed for facilitating safe return of the migrant workers. Most of the workers will be brought back to Odisha in buses, official sources said, adding that decision over using other modes of transportation will be taken after a review.

It was also decided that state governments of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh will be requested to exempt road tax for buses to used for this purpose.

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