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“Senior citizens are like trees of wisdom in our society:Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar18/12/18:: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today hailed the role of senior citizens for the development of society while attending the Foundation Day celebration of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association at Rabindra Mandap here.

The Odisha Chief Minister conveyed his warm greetings to all the senior citizens on the occasion. Patnaik said, “Senior citizens are like trees of wisdom in our society. Their wisdom doesn’t come from any book; it comes from their deep understanding of life. No society can grow or move ahead by ignoring its senior citizens.”

Patnaik also stressed that the immense knowledge and experience of senior citizens can boost the young generation’s approach to society.

“The Odisha government has always been sensitive to the needs of senior citizens of our State. We are providing monthly pension to more than 27 lakh senior citizens under different schemes,” the Chief Minister informed.

Further elaborating about the schemes, Patnaik said, “In 2016, the Odisha government introduced Odisha Senior Citizens Policy which envisages a number of welfare provisions for senior citizens. We are setting up 200-bed Old Age Homes in all districts in a phased manner. We are also setting up Geriatric Care Wards and Counselling Centres at all district-level hospitals.”

The CM went on saying that to ensure the security of senior citizens; we have opened Senior Citizen Security Cells in all Police Stations. Besides, State Awards are being conferred upon individuals and institutions for making outstanding achievements in different fields, especially in geriatric care.

Patnaik also mentioned that keeping in mind the religious needs of senior citizens, the Odisha Government have been running Baristha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana since 2016.”Thousands of Senior Citizens have availed the facility under this popular scheme to visit several religious places across the country,” he said.


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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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