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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his deepest condolences to senior Gujarat-cadre Odia IAS officer Guruprasad Mohapatra

Newdelhi:27/6/21; Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid his deepest condolences to senior Gujarat-cadre Odia IAS officer Guruprasad Mohapatra who succumbed to Covid-19 earlier this month.

In the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme today, Modi defined Mohapatra as a ‘Karmayogi’. The PM said that Mohapatra dedicated his life for the people of the nation till his last breath.

“Guruprasad ji was diagnosed with Corona, he was admitted in the hospital and yet at the same time was performing his official duties too. He toiled day and night to increase the Oxygen producing capacities of the country and to ensure that Oxygen reached far flung areas,” the PM said.

“On the one hand, the affairs of the court, the pressure of the media, he kept fighting on many fronts simultaneously and did not stop working during his illness. Even after being told not to, he used to insist on joining the video conferences on oxygen.”

Such was his concern for his countrymen. He kept on making arrangements to deliver oxygen to the people of the country, regardless of himself being on the hospital bed.

“It is sad for all of us that the country has also lost this KarmaYogi. Corona has snatched him away from us. There are countless people who have never been discussed. Our tribute to every such person would be that we follow the covid protocol fully, get our vaccinations done,” Modi added.

Mohapatra was the Secretary of Department of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)&  son of eminent odia writer Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu  Guruprasad  died due to Covid complications on June 19. A Gujarat cadre 1986-batch IAS officer, he was appointed to the DPIIT in August 2019. He was admitted to AIIMS in Delhi in mid-April after testing positive for Covid-19.

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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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