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Physical Disability is not a Barrier in Individual Growth and Success: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar:3/12/23: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik extended his wishes and best compliments to all the differently-abled persons in the State on the eve of International Day of PwDs. He said that differently-abled persons have shown their potential in various fields. They have created their special identity in art, literature, education, sports and other fields.

Praising internationally acclaimed Badminton player Pramod Bhagat as an icon for the youth of the country, who has enhanced the pride of the nation, the Chief Minister said that physical disability is not a barrier to individual growth and success. Everything depends on attitude and willpower. He said that society and the families of differently-abled persons should bring transformation in their attitude to enable them to march ahead with self-confidence. They must be encouraged at all levels.

Chief Minister expressed that the State Government have regularly encouraged them with its activities for their welfare and assured it in future also. Chief Minister expressed his compliments to differently-abled persons of the State in his message in the valedictory programme of the 3-day celebration of International Day for PwDs organised by Social Security and Empowerment of PwDs Department today.

In a colourful function at KIIT University Campus to mark the event, the guests on dias highlighted on various issues related to PwDs such as the theme of the year, activities and programmes undertaken by the Government for their welfare, SDG targets, enhancement of opportunities in the field of employment, self-employment, skill development and even digital literacy and use of technology in different interventions for their welfare. Sri Ashok Chandra Panda, Minister, SSEPD, Smt. Sulochana Das, Mayor, BMC, Sri Sushant Kumar Rout, MLA, Bhubaneswar (North) also spoke on the occasion.

Bisnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary, SSEPD Department, in his welcome address, described the significance of the celebration and emphasised social justice along with inclusive growth. Smt. Usha Padhy, Principal Secretary, Skilled Development and Technical Education said that the PwDs have become inspirational sources for the society despite their challenges and barriers.

Different PwD personalities were felicitated for their contribution in various fields by the guests while Niyati Patnaik, Director read out the activity report of the Department and Deepak Routray, Addl. Secretary proposed a vote of thanks.

The three-day mega event included a huge assembly of PwD students, teachers, NGO representatives, social engineers, and civil society workers who were involved in activities like athletic competitions, seminars, art exhibitions, photography shows, film festivals etc. to showcase the success and achievements of PwDs in Odisha.

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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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