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Odisha Chief Minister felicitated three families with Suraj Award posthumously to mark the World Organ Donation Day

Bhubaneswar:13/8/20: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday felicitated three families with Suraj Award posthumously to mark the World Organ Donation Day. The awards were presented to the families of Rani Patra from Ganjam’s Digapahandi, Suchitra Das from Bhubaneswar, and Rajlaxmi Das of Delang in Puri district. The Chief Minister said Suraj is an inspiration for all of us and shines bright as the sun, even after his death. He and the awardees today are living examples of humanity and service to society. Worthwhile to mention here that a young man called Suraj went into brain dead situation after a severe road accident in Surat in Gujarat in 2019. His parent took a decision to donate his kidney, liver, heart and two eyes to six persons.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had instituted an award in the name of Suraj to honour such persons who donate their organs to save the lives of others. Patnaik had awarded Rs 5 lakh to the families for being honoured by Suraj Award. Odisha Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro, Minister Ashok Chandra Panda and MLA Pradeep Maharathi attended the event from Digapahandi, Bhubaneswar and Pipili respectively. Health Minister Naba Das, Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner, and other senior officials. The family members of the awardees were also present in the award ceremony, which took place through video conferencing.

 

About Ashok Palit

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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