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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik completed 25 years of public service

Bhubaneswar:1/6/22: Veteran politician and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik completed 25 years of public service on Wednesday. On this very day in 1997, for the first time, he got elected to Lok Sabha from the Aska constituency. With this, his political journey began.

“It has been a nostalgic journey in public life. 25 years back on this day, I was elected as an MP from my state. Gratitude to my 4.5 crore family for their enduring love & unwavering support,” Patnaik tweeted with a hashtag, Jai Jagannath.

His journey from being a writer to becoming the longest-serving Chief Minister in India has truly been a remarkable journey.

From winning the Lok Sabha seat of Aska in 1997 which had fallen vacant after the death of his father and India’s legendary political leader and from Chief Minister of Odisha, Biju Patnaik; to becoming Union Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government to becoming Chief Minister of Odisha in 2000.

Since 2000, he continued to remain in the Chief Minister chair by winning the trust and heart of the people of Odisha for another four consecutive assembly elections in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019 and thereby created a record of five consecutive wins for a Chief Minister in India.

His journey has been very encouraging since he took office as Chief Minister of Odisha in 2000 when the state was devastated by Super Cyclone in 1999, and the treasury was empty. He took the state as a role model in disaster management, and financial surplus status with single-minded devotion and commitment.

Patnaik, a mind-boggling developmental politician, was always focused on the aspects of shelter security, food security, health security and social security for the people of Odisha as well as expediting progress of industry and agriculture.

Transformational leadership has been his forte. He has won many international and national laurels. The United Nations felicitated and applauded him for his efficient handling of Disaster Management in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin with the model of zero casualties. During the Covid-19 pandemic, when the country needed oxygen, it was Odisha under his leadership that provided oxygen to various states in India.

When the nation did not have a sponsor for the men’s and women’s hockey teams of the nation, it was Naveen Patnaik, who came forward to sponsor both these hockey teams of the nation that brought laurels to the country.

Not only hockey, but he has also brought changes in the field of sports in the state, which was nowhere in the sports map of India. Under his leadership, Odisha particularly, Bhubaneswar is being treated as the sports capital of India. He rightly said, “Investment in sports is an investment in youth. Investment in youth is an investment in the future.”

His 5T mantra of teamwork, technology, transparency and time leading to transformation has worked wonders at the grassroots of Odisha by bringing a silent revolution in areas of health, education, public governance and cultural development of Odisha.

His tireless efforts for the development of Odisha and its 4.5 crore people along with his nation-building activities have led to the emergence of Odisha as a role model in governance and public policy for the nation and the world.

He has left a number of innovative creations as a footmark in sands of time. From turning Odisha as a state which was known in the eighties for hunger and starvation deaths, to transforming the state into a developing and emerging state of Odisha that the whole nation is taking notice of and talking about.

From the empowerment of women through 7 lakh women self-help groups (SHGs) and 80 lakh women in these SHGs to Mamata scheme which was copied as National maternity scheme, Patnaik has left indelible footmarks in the sands of time.

Historic is his life of public service of 25 years. Within these 25 years he has carved a niche for himself. Today, in India and abroad, Patnaik is seen as a role model of governance, whose work speaks. He has often said that he speaks less as he believes his work should speak. A simple man whose journey has created history for India and the world.

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About Editor in chief

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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