Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 22:
With the heatwave conditions sweeping across the state, the Odisha government today directed the schools to conduct morning classes from April 2.
As per the directive, the classes will be conducted from 6.30 am to 10.30 am.
Besides, the schools have been asked to conclude the examination process by April end.
“Schools have been directed to conduct morning classes and conclude the examination process by April end,” Special Relief Commissioner Pradipta Mohapatra informed after a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at state secretariat here.
This apart, the state government has instructed not to engage labourers between 11 am and 3.30 pm from April 1.
With the mercury breaching 64-year record for registering highest ever temperature yesterday in the month of March since 1952 and three persons have died due to alleged sun stroke in the state, the government has decided to open special wards in all hospitals to treat heat-stroke patients.
In addition to this, the government has decided not to go for power cuts at installations providing emergency services till the mercury goes down.