Bhubaneswar: Stay over politics and serve the people, advised BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while presiding over the first meeting of the ‘Odisha-Mo Parivar’ initiative at Naveen Niwas here on Sunday,
“Due emphasis will be given to protection of environment, healthcare along with assistance to the people affected by calamities under this programme,” he added.
This social service initiative of the party launched in October 2019 will focus on three major areas – environment, health care services and assistance to poor and deprived people. Under the programme, the BJD will undertake massive plantation drive by creating awareness among people about environment protection.
According to an official release, three committees have been formed to achieve these objectives. Pinaki Mishra, Achyuta Samanta, Nalinikanta Pradhan and Sandhya Kumari Nayak are in Environmental Protection Committee.
Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Latika Pradhan, Manohar Randhari, Susant Kumar Rout, Rita Tarai, Ananta Narayan Jena, Sunita Biswal, Bharati Singh and Gourahari Mishra are members of blood donation service and welfare activities.
Chandra Sekhar Sahu, MP, MLA Sanjib Kumar Mallik, Sudhir Samal and Dejalin Mohapatra are in the committee for providing help and assistance to the distressed Odias.
“This is a non-political initiative which will work on three aspects- protection of environment, improving health care services and addressing issues of Prabasi Odias,” Odisha-Mo Parivar convenor Arup Patnaik told the media after the meeting.
The initiative will enable non-resident Odias to establish rapport with the people of the state and boost the principles of Mahatma Gandhi, Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das, Utkal Gourav Madhusudhan Das, and legendary Biju Patnaik, the release added.
During the launch of the initiative, Naveen had said it was a tribute to late Biju Patnaik, who had always been working for welfare of Odisha people and lending support to poor and needy people. “Following the footprints of the legendary leader, the party is committed to serve the State,” he had added.