Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 11:

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will visit Malkangiri on November 14 to take stock of the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) situation in the district which has so far claimed lives of more than 100 children.

Dharmendra Pradhan

Informing about Pradhan’s visit, Malkangiri district BJP president Ashok Kumar Parida said the Union Minister is scheduled to visit Palkonda and Dariguda villages in the district.

Pradhan will be accompanied by BJP State President Basant Panda, General Secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra and BJP Legislature Party Leader KV Singh Deo, he said.

The minister would meet patients at Malkangiri District Headquarters Hospital and hold discussions with Health officials, he added.

Notably, Pradhan was earlier scheduled to visit Malkangiri on November 4 but it was cancelled by the district administration due to security reasons as Maoists had given a bandh call in five states including Odisha.