Bhubaneswr: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Tuesday cautioned the miscreants creating trouble for doctors and health workers would be booked under National Security Act.

Patnaik, while giving a video message, said that the government will provide life insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh to doctors, paramedics working in government or private hospitals. The deceased will be creamed with full State honour . He said the deceased family will get full salary till the retirement.

” This war is being fought by our doctors and healthcare professionals in the front lines, assisted by a huge army of support services. In the absence of any cure or vaccine those fighting the COVID war for us, are taking a huge risk by putting themselves in the front.”
“We propose to recognize and honor the valiant work being done by our Covid warriors.”

• The state government in convergence with 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

• The state will treat them as Martyrs and provide State funeral with State Honors

• A detailed scheme of awards will be instituted recognizing their unparalleled sacrifice.These awards will be given on national days.

• The families of all government personnel (medical and others) will continue to receive full salary till the date of retirement.

The chief minister appealed to people to honour the doctors, health workers and other support service providers.

Patnaik cautioned that any act against them is an act against the State. In any case anyone indulges in any act that will disturb or dishonor their work, very strict criminal action will be taken against them including invoking the provisions of the National Security Act.”