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BJD terms victory in rural polls as faith of voters in Naveen Patnaik’s leadership

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: After winning all 30 Zilla Parishad President posts of state, the ruling Biju Janta Dal (BJD) termed this victory as the faith of the voters in the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the pro-poor and pro-development works of the state government.

“The landslide victory for the Biju Janata Dal has once again affirmed the strong leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and proved that development has no parallel,” said the party on Monday.
“This win is the win of 4.5 crores Odias and for the development of Odisha. It is historic since, for the first time in Odisha, any party has formed Zilla Parishad in all 30 districts of Odisha. This, therefore, is unique and historic for Odisha”

While winning more than eighty per cent seats in the three-tier grassroots elections is incomparable anywhere in the country, the BJD said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s thrust on the flag-bearers of development – women, youth and educated will certainly take Odisha to new heights of Growth and Development.

“Reposing his faith in the women leadership and the cause of women empowerment, Chief Minister has chosen twenty-one women as the Zilla Parishad Presidents, that’s 70 per cent of total seats, even though the statutory threshold is just 50 per cent.”

This is the first time in history that such a large number of women are heading the districts in Odisha and probably, unprecedented anywhere else in the country, the party said.

“Who needs a constitutional amendment (Women’s Reservation Bill) if a leader like Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is willing to walk the talk and create women’s leadership. 70 per cent of the ZP Presidents are women, and their average age is 41 years.”

Out of the 18 Unreserved seats (including Women), 12 OBC candidates (67 per cent) have been made Zilla Parishad Presidents.

“There are many inspiring stories of women’s empowerment and transformation from winning candidates. That shows the massive and transformative women’s empowerment by Chief Minister in Odisha. Not in words but in actions.”

Likewise, 23 of the 30 districts (76 per cent) have ZP Presidents below the age of 50 years. “This is clearly youth empowerment and shows that there is no dearth of youth leadership in BJD and that the party is grooming the next generation leaders very strongly at the grassroots and districts.” (ANI)


Odisha: Naveen Patnaik expresses grief on demise of former CM Hemananda Biswal


Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday expressed grief on the demise of former Chief Minister Hemananda Biswal and described him as an “efficient and popular politician”.

In a condolence message, he said, “His contribution to the betterment of the marginalized sections of society and overall development of the state will be remembered.”
The Chief Minister conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wished them well.

Biswal, 83, passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar while undergoing treatment on Friday.

Biswal served as the Chief Minister of Odisha twice from December 7, 1989, to March 5, 1990, and from December 6, 1999, to March 5, 2000. (ANI)(image instagram]

CM Patnaik felicitates para-Olympians for their Performance in Tokyo Paralympics

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has felicitated the Para badminton players who won the medals at the recent Tokyo Paralympics and congratulated them on their spectacular performance in Tokyo.
According to a statement by the Chief Minister’s Office on Friday, during the event, Patnaik felicitated Deepa Malik (President Paralympic Committee of India), Prabhakar Rao (Chairman, Para-badminton India), Gaurav Khanna – Head Coach, Para-Badminton Indian team, Shiba Prasad Das – Head Coach, Odisha Para badminton, Pramod Bhagat – Tokyo Paralympics Gold medallist, Krishna Nagar – Tokyo Paralympics Gold medallist, Manoj Sarkar – Tokyo Paralympics Bronze medallist, Tarun Dhillion – Paralympian, Parul Parmar – Paralympian, Palak Kholi – Paralympian, Rajkumar – Arjuna Awardee. Ms Deepa Malik thanked Chief Minister for his initiatives for the development of sports in the country. She lauded Odisha as a model for sports development and for the support of the state towards the sportspersons and para-sportspersons.
Bhubaneswar is hosting the 4th National Para-badminton championships from December 24 to 26, 2021. More than 400 para-badminton players from across the country are participating in this event, which is the largest so far in this field.
“Deepa Malik and the Paralympians praised the government and the State association for making good arrangements for the comfort of the para-badminton players,” said the statement.
The Chief Minister assured all support for the para-sports events and to the para-sportspersons. He extended his best wishes to all the participants in the ongoing championship.

Sporting infra has achieved new heights under the leadership of CM Naveen Patnaik: Odisha Sports Minister

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera on Friday said the sporting infrastructure in the state has achieved new heights under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Odisha is building a world-class hockey stadium in Rourkela which will host the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023. The Rourkela city stadium would be the biggest stadium for hockey in India with a sitting capacity of 20,000. The state recently hosted FIH Hockey men’s Junior World Cup 2021. This was the first major international hockey tournament held in India after the COVID-19 pandemic halted all events in March 2020.
As the National Para-Badminton Championship got underway on Friday in Bhubaneswar, the Sports Minister reiterated CM Naveen Patnaik’s call of making Odisha a major contributor towards making India a sporting hub.
“I would like to quote CM’s Naveen Patnaik’s statement ‘sports for youth, youth for future’. For the last eight to 10 years, Odisha is hosting all the national and international events successfully like Hockey India League, Hockey World Cup, junior Hockey World Cup and now we are going to host in 2023 the Hockey Men’s World Cup,” Tusharkanti Behera told ANI after inaugurating the fourth National Para-Badminton Championship here in Bhubaneswar.
“So the development of sportspersons as well the sports infrastructure has achieved new heights under the leadership of CM Naveen Patnaik. I would say the future of para-athletes and all sportsperson is very high in Odisha. I hope for the bright future of all the athletes,” he added.
Last week, the Odisha CM had visited Kalinga Stadium to review the progress of the major sports infrastructure projects within its premises, particularly the indoor aquatic centre, which once complete, will be an iconic facility for swimmers.
During this visit, Naveen Patnaik inaugurated five sports infrastructure facilities and laid the foundation stone for 89 multi-purpose indoor halls.
With so many activities going on in the state, the Sports Minister aspires to make Odisha a major contributor to the growth of sporting culture in India.
“Since we have been successfully organising so many events in Odisha, I hope in future Odisha will be a big contributor in organising ….all these kinds of events,” said Tusharkanti Behera.
The ongoing Para-Badminton National Championship will witness the ‘Golden Boy’ of Odisha, Pramod Bhagat who won India’s first-ever badminton gold at the Paralympics. The gold medallist was also awarded the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award recently.
Tusharkanti Behera feels Pramod Bhagat’s remarkable achievement in the Tokyo Paralympics has inspired sportsperson from the state.
“After Pramod Bhagat’s gold medal in the Paralympics, the aspiration of para-badminton players and other para-athletes has gone very far. Pramod Bhagat’s gold has inspired the sportsperson from Odisha and I feel athletes from the state will bring more laurels in the future,” Tusharkanti Behera signed off.
Coming to the National Para-Badminton Championship, the Para Sports Association of Odisha along with the Department of Sports and Youth Government of Odisha is organising the three-day mega event in which over 500 players are participating.
The event is being held at two venues, Railway Indoor Stadium, Bhubaneswar in association with K.C. Memorial Trust, and Udaan Badminton Academy from December 24 to 26 under the Aegis of Paralympic Committee of India and Badminton Association of India.

Odisha CM Patnaik launches distribution of smart health cards under BSKY in Ganjam district

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday launched the distribution of smart health cards under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) in Ganjam District of the state.
As per a press statement from the government, around 26.76 lakh people will be benefited in the district through these health cards. Along with the distribution of smart health cards, Chief Minister Patnaik also dedicated the development projects worth Rs 2,140 crore on the occasion, which includes water supply, bridge and road, drainage, education etc.
In his inaugural address, Patnaik said, “Government is committed to providing better medical services to the people of the state, and these smart health cards under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is a gift for the people of the state.”
These smart health cards will benefit 3.5 crore people from 96 lakh households in the state, now people can get better treatment at 200 major hospitals in the country through it without any hassle.
“Every life is precious for us, be it a farmer or daily wage labourer or a rickshaw puller – everyone should live with dignity and this is the main goal of various welfare programs of State Government,” he added.
In addition, Patnaik highly praised the work of women of Self Help Groups (SHG) under the Mission Shakti and disbursed the loans worth Rs 100 crore to various Mission Shakti groups.

The Chief Minister also visited the Brundavan High School which is recently transferred under 5T School Transformation Programme and spent some time with children in the classroom, talked to teachers and inspected the work.

Naveen Patnaik cabinet approves ‘Odisha Electronics Policy 2021’ to boost Electronics System Design, Manufacturing industry

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: In an effort to promote Odisha as an attractive destination for the electronics industry, State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday approved “Odisha Electronics Policy 2021” to promote the Electronics manufacturing sector in the State.
This scheme will remain in force until 31st March 2026 or till substituted by another scheme. “The Odisha Electronics Policy 2021 has been formulated to stimulate the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry in our state. It has been conceptualized to position Odisha as an attractive destination for the Electronics industry by providing a congenial, industry-friendly and proactive industrial climate with class-leading infrastructure, supporting facilities and policy initiatives. These, coupled with a skilled workforce would create a favourable ecosystem for growth and development of the Electronics industry in Odisha,” said a statement from the Electronics and IT Department.
The statement adds. “This Policy aspires to promote excellence and innovation in the Electronics sector and significantly augment the availability of skilled manpower with a special focus on fostering a culture of research, innovation and entrepreneurship by building an ecosystem of interlinked Academia-Industry-Professional-Leaders. It also aims to give emphasis on MSME enterprises as the growth drivers of the economy.”
Plenty of incentives will be provided under the policy to the stakeholders in the industry. New investment and expansion can avail production Linked Incentive (PLI) at 1 per cent of annual turnover for 5 years starting from the year of commencement of production, on a first come first serve basis for the first 10 investments.
Subsidy of range from Rs.10 crores to Rs. 250 crores will be provided to ESDM Units on the basis of their fixed capital investment.
In power incentives, exemption of Electricity Duty and Electrical Inspection Fees for a period of 5 Years. The eligible ESDM Units would be provided subsidy on power bills for a period of 5 years at 30 per cent limited to Rs. 50 Lakhs per unit. Besides, in the land incentives, 100 per cent exemption of stamp duty and 50 per cent exemption on the second transaction. Reimbursement of 100% of land conversion charges payable for converting land from agricultural use to industrial use will be provided.
A Subsidy of 10 per cent of Investment Subsidy limited to Rs. 1 crore will be provided to Entrepreneurs who are Women, SC/ST or persons with Disabilities. Provision of an additional 25 per cent subsidy on lease rentals up to Rs. 10 lakhs per Annum for 5 years will be provided.
The Government will provide special incentives to units that employ local youths on their roll. Local Enterprises are eligible to get set preference in public procurement as provided to the MSMEs, startups as per OGFR/Finance Department’s 0M.
25% reimbursement on cleaner/greener production measures limited to Rs. 20 lakhs per unit on the basis of certification by accredited certifying agencies will be provided.
Recruitment Assistance will be provided at Rs. 8000 per newly recruited regular employee who are domiciles of Odisha with a maximum limit of Rs. 30 Lakhs for a period of 3 years. Additional Rs. 2000 will be provided for the employees who are Women, SC/ST or persons with disabilities.
Eligible Units will also be entitled to interest subsidy for timely payment at 5 per cent per annum on term loan availed from Public Financial Institutions/Banks for a period of 6 Years from the date of commencement of production.
Lastly, reimbursement of 100 per cent State Component of GST (SGST) as per actual paid for a period for 5 Years from the date of state of commercial production limited to 100% of the Fixed Capital Investment will be provided.
An Apex Committee chaired by the Chief Secretary will be formed to monitor the Policy implementation with regard to its target and objectives. The Odisha Computer Applications Centre (OCAC) on behalf of the Electronics and IT Department will be responsible for day-to-day monitoring of various activities under this policy.

CM Patnaik inaugurates 148 govt high schools transformed under 5T School transformation program

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated 148 government high schools transformed under the 5T School transformation program.
The newly-transformed schools have been inaugurated in five districts including Jagatsinghpur, Devgarh, Puri, Balangir, and Kendrapara. Interacting with the students on Saturday, the Chief Minister said that the goal of school transformation is to help the children dream big and move forward with confidence.
“I wish to see children excel in all areas, and bring glory for Odisha in all fields including studies, sports, and music. Let the students learn about new technologies, the goal of school transformation is to help the children dream big and move forward with confidence to face all challenges in life,” he said.
Chief Minister further said that the School transformation program has eliminated the differences between the schools in the city and the villages.
“The state government has reserved 15 per cent seats in Government medical & engineering Colleges for the children of government schools so that their dream of becoming a doctor and engineer can be fulfilled,” he said.
Patnaik added that the future of the country is being shaped in the schools and it is a responsibility to create opportunities for the development of the students’ skills during this time.
“The future of the country is being shaped in schools. There is a saying that Children constitute one-third of our population, but all of our future, School time is one of the most important times in a child’s life, so it’s our responsibility to create opportunities for the development of their skills during this time,” he said.

Naveen Patnaik inaugurates smart health card distribution in Dhenkanal, Anugul

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated the distribution of smart health cards under ‘Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana’ in Dhenkanal and Anugul districts. Around 10 lakh people in each district will benefit from the scheme.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that these Smart Health Card under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is a strong step towards the “healthy Odisha and a happy Odisha”. “Everyone has the right to live life with dignity and this health card assured the same. I am very happy to the people of Anugul and Dhenkanal District,” Patnaik said.
Along with the distribution of Health Cards, the Chief Minister has also launched various development projects in both districts, worth Rs 880 crore projects for the Dhenkanal district and Rs 1176 crore for Anugul.
Launching development projects in Anugul, Patnaik said, “State government is now focusing to provide safe drinking water to every household in the district.”
Similarly, launching the projects in Dhenkanal, the Chief Minister said, “Dhenkanal is making a name in the industry as well as in horticulture sector, Rs 50 crore would be invested in tourism development in the district.”
The Chief Minister said that 3.5 crore people from 96 lakh households in the state would benefit from the Smart Health Card and people of the state can avail free medical treatment by holding these cards in the 200 largest hospitals across the country including Odisha.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates 130 high schools with better facilities in 5 districts

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday inaugurated 130 high schools with better facilities under the 5T School transformation program of the state government.
These transformed schools have been inaugurated in five districts including Nuapada, Ganjam, Sambalpur, Rayagada, and Nayagarh. A total of 531 schools have been dedicated so far. The Chief Minister said, “competitive spirit is essential for achieving excellence, the environment in schools after the transformation has boosted the competitive spirit among the students.”
Patnaik asked students to take full advantage of the transformation in the education system in the state.
The Chief Minister further said, “the future of the country is being shaped in schools.”
“School time is one of the most important times in a child’s life, so it is our responsibility to create opportunities for the development of their skills,” he said.
Patnaik said, “he wishes to see children excel in all areas and bring glory for Odisha in all fields including studies, sports, and music.”
The goal of school transformation is to help the children so that they can dream big and move forward with confidence to face all challenges in life, he added.
The Minister said that the school transformation program has eliminated the differences between the schools in the city and the villages.
The state government has reserved 15 per cent of seats in Government medical and engineering colleges for the children of government schools so that their dream of becoming a doctor and engineer can be fulfilled, he said.
In the first phase total of 1,075 schools have been transformed in State.

Odisha CM Patnaik inaugurates 138 schools in 4 districts on children’s day

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: On the occasion of children’s day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated 138 schools in four districts including Boudh, Sonpur, Bhadrak and Kendujhar under 5T School transformation program.
In the first phase of the 5T School Transformation program, 1,075 schools in 30 districts of the state have been completed, out of which a total of 330 transformed schools have been made available to students till now. The Chief Minister said that “in the development of the education system, a new era has started in the state.”
Education is the stepping stone of transformation, the ongoing school transformation initiative has filled the confidence and excitement among the students, he said.
Inaugurating the event, Patnaik said, “the future of the country is being shaped in schools.”
“School time is one of the most important times in a child’s life, so it is our responsibility to create opportunities for the development of their skills,”
“I want the students of my state to be ahead in all fields, have big dreams and move forward with confidence to face all the challenges of life, this is the primary objective of the school Transformation program.”
Chief Minister further said that the school transformation program has eliminated the differences between the schools in the city and the villages.
“The state government has reserved 15 per cent seats in Government medical and engineering colleges for the children of government schools so that their dream of becoming a doctor and engineer can be fulfilled,” he said.

Odisha CM launches road safety ‘Rakshak’ programme

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched a road safety initiative “Rakshak”, a first responder training programme under which 30,000 volunteers will be trained to act promptly in case of road accidents.
Under the initiative, the State Transport department will impart the training to 30,000 volunteers through 300 expert trainers for 30 weeks in all 30 districts of the state, as first responders to road accidents. Addressing the gathering in Odisha, Patnaik said, “Road accidents are not just the loss of one person or one family. This is the loss of society. So we all need to work together to prevent road mishaps.”
“So with a little help, a lot of lives can be saved and many families can be saved from misery,” he said.
Patnaik further said that the first hour of the accident is the most important. “If accident victims get prompt medical care within the 48 hours of the accident, then we can save a lot of lives,” he added.
He also stated that the State government has set up a fund of Rs 147 crore to treat the road accident victims and a provision has been made for rewarding Rs 2,000 to the people who rescue the road accident victims.

CM not to celebrate his birthday

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], October 15 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has decided not to celebrate his birthday on Saturday in view of the COVID-19 situation.
The Chief Minister said that he was always indebted to the people of Odisha for their love, good wishes and blessings. “It has been two-and-a-half year since people have been facing a hard time due to COVID. So, it will be a great pleasure for me if the well-wishers instead of visiting my residence perform the great deeds such as helping the families of those who died due to COVID-19 and blood donation,” Patnaik said in a statement.
Last year also, Patnaik had decided not to celebrate his birthday in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and asked his supporters and Biju Janata Dal workers to help the needy and donate plasma on the occasion instead.

Odisha aims to inoculate all residents with first COVID vaccine jab by year end

ANI | Updated: Sep 29, 2021 16:05 IST

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], September 29 (ANI): Family Welfare Director and Odisha vaccination in charge Dr Bijay Panigrahi on Wednesday said that the state has administered more than 3 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccination to the people and targets to vaccinate all residents with the first dose by end of this year.
He further informed that 70 per cent of the state’s population has been given the first dose and 27 per cent of people have been administered the second dose. Panigrahi said, “We have also fixed a target of 4 lakh vaccinations per day and on average we are doing more than 3 lakhs every day.”
The state has about 17 lakh stock of vaccines at present and in the next months, there is an allocation of 70 lakh doses to the state.
“As of now, 25 lakh people have missed the second dose. We have prepared the list of those who left with the second dose and instructed district authorities to facilitate those so that they are vaccinated at the earliest,” he further said. 

‘Will do whatever is sensible for our people to reduce discrimination’ Odisha CM on caste-based census

In the backdrop of the Centre virtually ruling out a caste-based census as per its affidavit in the Supreme Court, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said that Odisha will do whatever will be sensible for its people in order to reduce the discrimination in the state.

New Delhi [India], September 26 : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik , who is in the national capital today said, “We will do whatever will be sensible for our people. Our government stands by it and we are fighting for it.” Patnaik was responding to a question on his move on ‘Caste-based Census’ in Odisha. The Odisha chief minister was in the national capital to attend meeting held by Union Minister Amit Shah.
Patnaik had last month said, “In our state, 94 per cent of the population are the victim of discrimination. In order to give social justice to the people, we have created an OBC commission. We are collecting a database at our own level to find out their consumption practice, health and education parameters.”
“Unless the government does not generate authentic data, the Supreme Court is not going to lift the 50 per cent cap on the reservation,” the statement added.
Several opposition party leaders have voiced their demand for a caste-based census in their respective states.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday slammed the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) saying the ruling party is not in favour of giving OBCs their ‘rights proportional to their population’.
Taking to Twitter, Akhilesh Yadav said, “By rejecting the long-standing demand for enumeration of ‘OBC’ society, the BJP government has proved that it does not want to count the ‘Other Backward Classes’ because it does not want to give rights to the OBCs in proportion to their population.”
Earlier, leader of the Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav also questioned the Centre’s affidavit and asked that if not allowing the caste census was indeed a conscious decision of the BJP, then why did its MLAs in Bihar agree to pass the proposal favouring caste census?
The Central government submitted an affidavit in the Supreme court on Thursday saying that the census of backward classes is “administratively difficult” and will suffer both on account of completeness and accuracy.

The Centre, in an affidavit in the Supreme Court said the exclusion of any caste other than Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe from the purview of the upcoming 2021 Census is a “conscious policy decision” taken by the Central government.
The affidavit of the Central government was filed on a plea of the Maharashtra government asking to share census data of OBCs collected by the Centre in 2011-2013.

Odisha CM chairs meeting to review preparedness ahead of ‘Cyclone Gulab’

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday chaired a virtual meeting in Delhi to review the preparedness of ‘Cyclone Gulab’ which is expected to hit the state by today evening.
The chief secretary of the state government, along with district collectors, also attended the meeting. Addressing the media, Patnaik said, “Today I held a virtual meeting with the chief secretary and district collectors of Odisha to discuss the precautionary measure to be taken against ‘Cyclone Gulab’ in the state. There is a total of ten districts which will be affected by the cyclone by today evening.”
Ahead of cyclone alerts issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD), Odisha has begun the evacuation drive in the state. Several National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams have been deployed in 11 coastal districts of south Odisha.
“We have deployed a total of 24 NDRF and 42 ODRAF teams in 11 coastal areas and south Odisha districts. More than 5,000 people were evacuated in Gajapati and Ganjam districts,” Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said.

“In addition, schools and colleges of Ganjam, Gajapati and other districts will also be closed tomorrow,” he added.
Presently, the state has been witnessing light rainfall since morning under the influence of Cyclone Gulab.
According to IMD, the cyclone is likely to cross south Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh around midnight today. “At 08.30 hrs IST of today, ‘Gulab’ over northwest and adjoining the west-central Bay of Bengal, centred near 18.4°N/86.4°E. To cross north Andhra Pradesh-south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur, as a CS around mid-night of today,” IMD said in a tweet.

Naveen Patnaik: The Longest-Serving Chief Minister of Odisha

By Arshita Biswas

The longest-serving Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, is the third and current Chief Minister of Odisha. He was born on 16 October 1946 in Cuttack, to the former Chief Minister of Odisha Biju Patnaik and his Punjabi wife, Gyan. He has done his schooling from Dehradun and qualified for a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University. Patnaik was a writer and has written three books. He had no interest in politics at an early age and has also been away from Odisha for a long time, but soon after his father’s demise, he joined politics in 1997 and also founded Biju Janata Dal, which then won the state election, making him the chief minister of Odisha. Patnaik completes 20 years in the office making him one of the longest-serving Chief ministers of any Indian state.

Holding the office for over two decades, only implies that Patnaik has had a massive support base in Odisha., some of the reasons leading to such a huge following is his mild mannerism, “Stand against corruption” and “Pro-poor policies”. Like his father, he too has managed to control the bureaucracy and transformed it into a state development mechanism.

Patnaik brought light back in Odisha when he was elected as the Chief Minister of the state, quite literally as the state of Odisha was in darkness at the break of dawn of the new Millennium in 2000. A horrendous cyclone had swept away the whole state off its feet. Around 10,000 people were killed; electric poles, trees were uprooted; houses were destroyed. Odisha was at its lowest point when Naveen Patnaik was elected as the successor of the political legacy of his father. “People’s self-confidence was at its lowest when Naveen Patnaik took over. The rest of the country bracketed Odisha as a backward state suffering from starvation, poverty and natural calamities,” says Balakrishnan, who was an IAS officer posted in Odisha around the 2000s and now is an advisor to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).  Taking these labels off Odisha and breaking these stereotypes were Paitnaik’s biggest obstacles and in 20 years, the man has successfully achieved it all. Odisha has set global benchmarks in disaster management, more than 8 million people have been brought above the poverty line and the government is known for its transparency, with all credits to Naveen Patnaik and his government.

Patnaik’s main lookout for his state has been his people, he has always wanted to give a better life to the people of Odisha and that intention has again been proven in these difficult times of the pandemic. This father’s day, he stood there as a father for all those children who got orphaned by Covid, by launching a scheme called “Ashirbad”. Under this scheme, the children who have lost either both their parents or single parent are entitled to get Rs 2,500 per month and those who lost one of their sole earning parents are entitled to get Rs 1,500 per month under the scheme. The amount will be directly credited to the accounts of the guardians of the children till they attain the age of 18. Although, this scheme won’t be valid for the children who have been adopted.  The government also announced to extend health services and food security for the children under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and state food security scheme.  Also to ensure that orphaned children get the best possible education, the Odisha government has announced that they would be given seats in Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya, Central schools and other reputed schools. Under the Green Passage scheme, the state will also bear the educational expenses for their higher studies. To encourage the guardians of these orphaned kids, the CM also announced that people who take care of the children and are eligible to get houses will be given houses under Pradhan Mantri Yojana and Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana on a priority basis. Also for children residing in child care institutions, the government will deposit Rs 1,000 in their respective bank accounts till they attain the age of 18 years. Similarly, surviving mothers of such children, if eligible, will be covered under the Madhu Babu Pension scheme (social security scheme).

The BJD ( Biju Janta Dal) has been successfully setting new benchmarks of pushing the fields of sports, heritage and tourism to all-new levels. The next step in the BJD’s plan of action is to diversify and remodel Odisha as a destination for knowledge-based industries like technology and financial services. Besides these new schemes, one of the most important things the Odisha government has been lately focussing on is industrialisation. Odisha is extremely rich in minerals, it has excellent coal, iron ore and bauxite deposits, along with a beautiful and long coastline, hence, Odisha is one of the largest suppliers of raw materials. However, experts believe now is the time for Odisha to also focus on strengthening its manufacturing department. Gyanranjan Swain, political analyst and assistant professor at Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, adds that the government’s push toward industry has intensified over the last 2 and half years. After coming back to power in 2019, Patnaik sought to reinvent the state’s Industrial Policy Resolution, 2015, to unveil new legislation that focussed on drawing fresh investments and boosting job creation. 

Patnaik commemorated 20 years in office on March 5, 2019. At 75, Patnaik is today one of the longest-serving CMs in India. Through consistent welfare schemes, a clean and transparent governance image, no major controversies and following development narrative, his party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has defied anti-incumbency and have been re-elected by the people of Odisha for five consecutive terms. In the 2019 Assembly elections, the party secured a strong 113 out of 147 seats; leaving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a distant second position with only 23 seats. In an exclusive interaction with Forbes India at his residence in Bhubaneswar, he admits that the longevity of his tenure has helped sharpen his focus over the years. He says it’s an important principle to consider winning elections as just a by-product of the work that a party is supposed to do for people.

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Odisha CM inaugurates 10 more ‘transformed schools’

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday inaugurated another set of 10 ‘transformed schools’ in Hinjili of Ganjam district through video conference.
The schools have been inaugurated in the second phase of the school transformation program under the 5-T initiative of the Odisha government. Earlier on Monday, Patnaik had inaugurated 10 ‘transformed schools’ in the Hinjili area.
The ambitious school transformation program of the state government has been launched on August 21 and under this 50 schools will be transformed in five phases in Hinjili.
Speaking at the occasion Patnaik said, “Dreams and possibilities are the identity of student life, dream big and make them come true by using the great talent within you. Your success is the pride of our society. Keep working until the goal of your life is fulfilled.”
In the second phase of the school transformation program under the 5-T initiative, so far 30 schools have been instituted.
“This transformation will help the children in the realisation of their bright future. The transformation will come in all schools in Odisha,” Patnaik said during the event.
Expressing satisfaction with the happiness of children, the Chief Minister said, “These new facilities and new environment of the schools will create a desire among children to come to school for learning.”

CM launches Smart Health Card

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched Smart Health Card under Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana (BSKY) from Malkangiri.

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], August 20 : As per a statement released by Odisha CMO, Smart Health Card is an initiative taken by the government to change the face of healthcare services to people in Odisha and is the first of its kind service in the entire country. “With this card, people can avail quality healthcare services in as many as 200 hospital chains of the country including Odisha. Out of a total 4.3 crores population of the state, about 3.5 crores people from 96 lakh families will be benefited through this scheme,” read the statement.
Sukri Dhangda Majhi from Bonda community was the first recipient of the Smart Health Card.
As per the information given by the CMO, under this scheme, the families can avail treatment upto Rs 5 lakhs per annum while women members of the family can avail treatment upto to Rs 10 lakh.
“In this type of no frills system, a person will simply go to a hospital with the card and avail all the treatments without any hassle. It’s a historic, paradigm shift in the system of healthcare services in India where a patient will get the best healthcare without any expense,” said the CMO.
Malkangiri is a remote tribal area in Odisha. Patnaik earlier had started his most effective one rupee rice scheme from Malkangiri too.

Odisha CM felicitates hockey players

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday felicitated the players from the state who were part of the Indian hockey team in the just concluded Tokyo Olympics. The function was held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) [India], August 11 : Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Deep Grace Ekka, and Namita Toppo were part of the Indian teams which created history at the showpiece event. The Chief Minister handed over the cash award of Rs 2.5 crore to Birendra Lakra and Amit Rohidas. He also handed over the offer letter for appointment as Deputy Superintendent of Police in the State Police department. He appreciated the performance of the players in winning a bronze medal for the country.
The Chief Minister handed over a cash award of Rs 50 lakh each to Deep Grace Ekka and Namita Toppo, who were part of the Indian women’s team. He commended the spirited fight of the women’s team in reaching the semi-finals and creating history in Indian hockey.
Lauding their performance, Chief Minister Patnaik advised them to continue their hard work and bring more laurels to the country.
Kalinga Stadium has become the global hub of Hockey. The next edition of the Men’s Hockey World Cup will also be played at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. The players were excited to be back at their home turf where they had competed against the best in the world which helped them in their journey to the Olympics.
They expressed their deep sense of gratitude towards the Chief Minister for supporting Indian hockey which led to wonderful results in the Tokyo Olympics. The Olympians were elated that the State Government has fulfilled its commitment of cash rewards and jobs on their arrival in the state.
Birendra Lakra, vice-captain of the men’s team, presented to the Chief Minister the Team Jersey with the signatures of all the team members. Deep Grace Ekka, vice-captain of the women’s team, presented to the Chief Minister the women’s Team Jersey with the signatures of all the team members.
The hockey players from the High-Performance Center and the Sports hostel were present during the ceremony. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik assured all support to the emerging players from Odisha.
Minister for Sports and Youth Services Tusharkanti Behera and Chairman, Odisha Hockey Promotion Council, Dilip Tirkey, and Secretary Sports R. Vineel Krishna also graced the ceremony.

Odisha promises grand welcome to hockey teams

Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behra on Friday said the performance of the Indian hockey teams in Tokyo will inspire future generations and promised them a grand welcome back home.

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], August 6 : “Indian women’s hockey team lost the Bronze medal match but it won the hearts of millions of Indians. There will be a grand welcome for both the men’s and women’s hockey teams. The performance of both the teams will inspire future generations,” said Behra in a tweet. The minister also said that the development of hockey infrastructure in Odisha and help offered by the state government has benefited Indian Hockey.
“Over the last few years, infrastructure development in Odisha and help offered under the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has created immense potential in youngsters, be it the grassroots coaching, sponsorships of training camps. It will help youngsters aspiring to play at National and International levels. For five years, the state government has sponsored the Indian team. This sponsorship will continue and I hope it will boost the morale of players,” said the minister.
Talking about the players from the state, Behra added: “Two players each in men and women’s team are representing the country at national and international level. Sundergarh, a tribal-dominated area has a lot of well-accomplished players, including Dilip Tirkey, the former captain of Team India. The Chief Minister declared that the 2023 World Cup of Hockey will be hosted in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. Hockey is a way of life, a culture in Sundergarh.”
An international stadium will be built in Rourkela as per the minister.
Indian women’s hockey team went down fighting against Great Britain 3-4 in the bronze medal match at Oi Hockey Stadium, North Pitch on Friday. With this loss, the team finished fourth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Indian Men’s Hockey team won a Bronze medal on Wednesday after defeating Germany 5-4.

Tokyo Olympics: Odisha CM congratulates Indian men’s Hockey team for winning bronze medal

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], August 5 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday congratulated the Indian Men’s Hockey team for winning bronze medal at Tokyo 2020 Olympics, adding that the team performed brilliantly against tough opponents like Germany.
Patnaik said, “Congratulations to the Indian Men’s Hockey team on winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The team performed brilliantly against tough opponents like Germany. The entire country is proud of the achievements of our team.” The Chief Minister said, “It is inspiring to know about the hard work and sustained focus, in spite of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Hockey has brought together every Indian together across the globe. This team will inspire thousands of kids to choose hockey and sports as a career. This is the start of a new era of Indian hockey.”
It took 41 years, but the dream of every Indian was finally realised on Thursday as the men’s hockey team beat Germany 5-4 to win the bronze medal here at the Oi Hockey Stadium — North Pitch

Odisha CM disburses Rs 386 cr as COVID assistance for landless farmers

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday disbursed a COVID-19 package of Rs 386 crore for landless farmers under KALIA “Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation” Scheme.

According to the state government, 18 lakh registered farmers will be benefited from the scheme and the money will be directly deposited in their bank accounts.

Under the assistance, each landless farmer would get additional Rs 1,000 apart from the installment under the KALIA scheme.

Speaking at the occasion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “The farmers, laborers and daily wages warmers are the backbone of our economy. We respect the sacrifices of the landless farmers behind all the successes of the agriculture sector. I have continuously demanded the implementation of recommendations made by the MS Swaminathan Committee and will continue to do so until it is met.”

“COVID has had a profound effect on the economy. It was the agriculture sector in the first wave that saved our economy. The second wave of lockdowns has had a profound effect on people’s livelihoods. That is why the state government has announced COVID packages for various categories of people like farmers, laborers, street vendors, dairy farmers and others,” he added.

Under the KALIA scheme, registered farmers in the state get Rs 12,500 in three instalments.

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