Bhubaneswar, May 29: The Odisha Council of Ministers on Friday resolved to introduce Disaster and Epidemic Management as an academic subject in schools and colleges in the State soon.
“We have to consistently learn how to tackle disasters. Besides, we have to be adoptive to climatic changes and undertake developmental activities accordingly. It is a matter of our social security. We will take all possible efforts in this regard,” said Chief Minster Naveen Patnaik.
The Chief Minister said Disaster and Epidemic Management will be introduced in school and college curriculums as an academic subject soon. Besides students, Government officers, elected people’s representatives, Mission Shakti members and all concerned will be provided training. A resolution was passed on Council of Ministers meeting held on the occasion of completion of two years of the fifth BJD Government.
Patnaik said his Government has always given priority on health and education sectors. The State Government has allocated whopping Rs 8,500 crore for strengthening infrastructure in health sector, which includes Rs 3,500-crore allocation for upgrading of SCB Medical College and Hospital into a world-class facility. The State Government has recruited 786 doctors and 5,137 paramedics.
The State Government has spent Rs 1,000 crore for development of sports sector. A world-class hockey stadium will come up at Rourkela soon.
The Government has provided 11,287 crore to gram panhayats and urban local bodies for undertaking developmental activities in the last two years.