Bhubaneswar: 15/8/20:Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unfurled the National Flag in the State-level Independence Day celebration at Idco Exhibition Ground here on Saturday. For the first time, the flag hoisting ceremony was held sans public.Greeting the people of Odisha at Exhibition Ground on Independence Day, Patnaik remembered the freedom fighters for their sacrifices and contribution for which the country achieved freedom.
In his keynote address, the Odisha CM said, “India is now fighting a battle against COVID19. I pay tributes to the Corona Warriors of the State who are playing a crucial role in this fight. Odisha govt has set up dedicated COVID hospitals as saving each life is our top priority.”
“Due to dedication of the Corona Warriors, the overall COVID-19 recovery rate is high in Odisha & death rate lowest in the country,” added Patnaik.
Highlighting that several economic activities were allowed during the lockdown period which played a crucial role in providing livelihood support and generation of employment, Patnaik said, “Odisha also received investment proposals worth Rs 12000 crore during the period.”
While the agricultural growth in the country during 2019-20 was 2.80%, the growth rate in Odishs stood at 7.61 %, Patnaik added.