Bhubaneswar: With the mercury soaring in the State Capital, the state government on Thursday put the collectors of all the districts and directed them to take appropriate steps to help people cope with any possible heat wave situation.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik issued direction to the district authorities and all the departments to ensure that the people do not suffer in the gruelling summer.
The Health, Rural Development, Energy and other departments had also been asked to take adequate measures to protect the people from the heat wave conditions. Apart from this the school timings across the State would be during the morning hours from April 1, sources said.
The School and Mass Education Department has been asked to reschedule the school and examination timings. The Energy department had been told to ensure that the people get uninterrupted power during the summer.
Similarly the Rural Development and Urban Development departments have been asked to ensure uninterrupted supply of drinking water in rural areas. The Labour department has also been asked to restrict the working hours of labourers.
The Transport department has also been asked to ply buses during the peak hours and ensure that the buses and other transport carriers carry adequate drinking water.
Meanwhile, sources said, the revenue and disaster department had also proposed to enhance the amount of ex-gratia to the families of any heat wave victim from Rs 10,000 to Rs 2 lakh.