Home » State News » The amounts for the Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman, Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Samman, Dharmapada Samman, and Byasakabi Phakir Mohan Samman, would be increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh

The amounts for the Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman, Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Samman, Dharmapada Samman, and Byasakabi Phakir Mohan Samman, would be increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh

Bhubaneswar:2/9/20: The state government today decided to create a new directorate for the proper management of the Odisha State Archaeology to be headed by a Director. A proposal to this effect was cleared by the Heritage Cabinet.

Similarly, it was decided to create a separate and autonomous directorate for the Odisha State Museum (OSM) as the existing Culture directorate is overburdened with the management of OSM and fifteen important sub-departments along with district museums functioning under it.

The OSM will be developed into a virtual entity with digitisation. A similar model will be followed for Ananda Bhavan Museum which memorialises Biju Patnaik. The proposal was passed for undertaking this work for the museums, the meeting decided.

A proposal was also passed to increase the financial amount being given by the Department of Odia Language, Literature, and Culture to the selected artists in various cultural fields. The amounts for the Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman, Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Samman, Dharmapada Samman, and Byasakabi Phakir Mohan Samman, would be increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

Besides, the amounts for awards of the various Academies shall be increased from Rs 50, 000  to Rs 2 lakh, and the amount of felicitations of the various Academies shall be increased to Rs 1 lakh.

A proposal was moved and approved to fill up all the existing vacancies in the various academies, institutions, and various centres of the Department of Odia Language, Literature, and Culture through a transparent process of widely publicised advertisements. If needed, the posts will also be filled through the nomination process.

The Heritage Cabinet today approved to undertake a project for the holistic development of Suando, the birthplace of Pandit Gopabandhu Das involving a budget of approximately Rs 11 crore.

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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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