In continuation with the ongoing discussions on the Rural Realities around the country, the Centre for Habitat, Urban and Regional Studies (CHURS), IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi and Orissa Economics Association, Odisha organized a Panel Discussion on “Rural Realities | Odisha Practitioners’ Experiences in Tackling the Second Wave in Indian Villages” on May 15, 2021, as the second wave of coronavirus pandemic is engulfing the length and breadth of our country, India, and hitting the heartland of our country which is the rural areas.
The chair of the session, Prof Surjya Narayan Tripathy, President, Orissa Economics Association, Khurda, Orissa, spoke about how the second wave silently and slowly devastated the hinterland of India. The second wave has penetrated into the rural pockets of Odisha as well which is adversely affecting the people over there. This pandemic has already caused a detrimental impact on the rural people of Odisha.
From a historical perspective, Odisha has a surplus of laborers and the Ganjam district is considered as the hotspot of migrant laborers but because of the pandemic and increasing poverty, these laborers have started to migrate to other Indian states. He emphasized that quick recognition of the symptoms and immediate actions can save lives and prevent the spread of the virus.
The second wave has necessitated the proper usage of resource planning, COVID-19 management, successful protocol of hand sanitization, maintain social distancing to tackle the spread of the virus. Further, the team of IMPRI presented an overview of the conditions of Odisha state.