Bhubaneswar: With the temperature going up alarmingly in Odisha in the most recent two days and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) determining that the burning summer would prevail till June end this year, the state government on Tuesday took a slew measures to handle the warmth wave conditions.
Briefing newsmen after a high level meeting presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here, Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Kumar Mahapatra said in view of the heat wave conditions in the state, instructions have been given to the School and Mass Education department to ensure that schools across the state start at 6.30 AM and end at 10.30 AM from April 2. Besides, the department has been asked to ensure completion of all examinations by end of April, he added.
He also said the chief minister directed the Health department to raise awareness among the people about precautions to be taken to face the heat wave. “The principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare, informed the meeting that heat stroke wards have been opened in all district headquarters hospital to provide first aid to the patients,” he said.