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Rs 258.96 crore has also been spent on upgradation of infrastructure in tourism sector in the last three years

Bhubaneswar:29/5/17: As part of its strategy to reach out people after completion of their third year in the fourth term, the Biju Janta Dal (BJD) led government today highlighted its achievement in culture and tourism, sports and IT departments.

Presenting the report card of culture and tourism department, Minister Ashok Panda said for the first time an Odia chair has been established in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. Odisha Official Language Amendment Act 2016 was also passed and the pension of artistes was increased from Rs 1000 to Rs 1200.

Nabakalebar memorial postal stamp was also released during the period. A total of Rs 258.96 crore has also been spent on upgradation of infrastructure in tourism sector in the last three years following which foreign tourist arrival increased by 14 per cent and that of overall visitors by 9 per cent. While tourist arrival in the state has gone up from 98,66,810 in 2013 to 1,29,19,260 in 2016, the foreign tourist arrival grew from 66,675 in 2013 to 76,361 in 2016,” said Panda.

Air India’s direct flight from Varanasi to Bhubaneswar and direct flight service between Bhubaneswar and Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia will boost the State’s tourism sector. Chief Minister Naveep Patnaik has also written to the Centre to provide visa on arrival facility in Bhubaneswar airport in view of the new direct international air connectivity.

While highlighting the achievements of sports department, Minister Chandrasarathi Behera said events like Asian Athletics Championship and Hockey World League Final at Bhubaneswar have helped the Capital city get placed on the international sports map.

“The government is providing Rs 50 lakh to athletes to get proper training outside India. We are also providing police jobs to sportspersons. In the last three years, Rs 4.01 crore has been spent on awarding sportspersons for their outstanding achievements,” added Behera.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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