New Delhi: The Odisha State Foundation Day ‘Odisha Day’ was celebrated with joy and fervor at the Shri Satya Sai International Centre, Lodi Road in New Delhi. The function was inaugurated by Shri Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra, IAS, Resident Commissioner, Government of Odisha, New Delhi by lighting the traditional lamp and offering flowers to the idol of Lord Jagannath and the portraits of the illustrious founders of Odisha.
In his address, Resident Commissioner, Shri Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra mentioned that
Odisha is recognized in National and International Level for its rich art, culture, and heritage. He highlighted that due to the great sacrifice of our founders, Odisha was formed as a separate State on 1st April 1936. In the present scenario, he stated that the growth rate of GSDP of our State is 7.93% which is more than the National average of 7.1%. Under the able leadership of Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik, the Government has taken several initiatives for improvement of agriculture , health and education sector in the State, he added.
He highlighted that 3 million mothers have been benefitted under ‘MAMTA’ Scheme.
Further, 9 medical colleges are being setup in the State out of which two are already operational. For the upliftment of farmers, Government has launched several beneficial schemes for which income of farmers have been doubled. Shri Mishra also stated that Human Development Model as adopted and implemented by Government of Odisha has attracted the attention of other States and the achievement of the State to include fifty lakh rural women of Odisha in Mission Shakti Movement. He also mentioned that Government is giving scholarship students from weaker section to pursue higher education and building 100 new hostels for SC and ST students.
In respect to Urban Development Sector in the State the Government has taken several
steps and as a result the capital city Bhubaneswar has been declared as Smart City No.1.
Recently Bhubaneswar has also been adjudged as the 19th city in the World as Best Performing Smart City. This is only city in India to bag this position in top twenty.
Resident Commissioner, Shri Mishra also mentioned that Bhubaneswar has emerged as
a Sports Hub in the country. Recently 22nd Asian Athletic Championship was held at
Bhubaneswar and the State would be hosting the Mens World Cup Hockey Tournament at
Bhubaneswar during November-December of current year. Odisha is the first state in the country to have adopted the Indian hockey teams as their sponsors.
Earlier in the day Resident Commissioner, Shri Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra, IAS also
inaugurated an exhibition of Odisha Handloom, Handicrafts, Tourism and OIEPO organized on the occasion. Odia Cuisine was also the special attraction in the event. A colourful cultural programme of Odissi Dance by Mrs. Alpana Nayak and her troupe captivated the gathering by their rhythmic steps. A dance fusion on Sambalpuri style was also
presented by Mrs. Alpana Nayak and her troupe. The melodious songs of Dr. Sangita Gosain, Dr. Adyasaha Das, Mr. Sushant Panda and Mr. Suresh Kumar Sethy enthralled the audience.
Sukhili Bhoga (Mahaprashad) from Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri was served to all
invitees who attended the Odisha Dibas function. Resident Commissioner, Shri Sanjeeb Kumar Mishra, IAS gave away prizes to 12 Odias students studying in different schools in Delhi and NCR. The students had participated in a Painting and Essay Competition organized by the Office of the Chief Resident Commissioner.
Certificates of Appreciation were also presented to all the students who participated in the
competition. Shri Arun Panda, IAS and Shri Surendra Tripathy, IAS both working in
Government of India as Secretaries felicitated the Artists.
Among others, the Secretaries to Government of India, retired officers, senior state
government officers, eminent Odias, educationists, journalists and Odia residents living in Delhi and NCR attended in large number in the Odisha Dibas.