Bhubaneswar: Following the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday appealed to all Odias across the world to sing Bande Utkala Janani at 5.30 PM on May 30 to encourage corona warriors.
In a video message, Patnaik said, “I request all Odias, irrespective of where you are staying, to sing Bande Utkala Janani at 5.30 PM on May 30 by maintaining social distancing. The initiative aims at encouraging COVID19- warriors and respecting their dedication and sacrifices.”
The song had inculcated a spirit of patriotism among all Odias and strengthened the bonding among themselves during the the fight for formation of a separate Odisha state. “In the current time of COVID-19 crisis, the song will be of great help in strengthening our determination,” Patnaik added.
The CM also expressed his gratitude to the people of Odisha for cooperating with the government in the fight against coronavirus.
“Saving every life is my priority. Odisha has set an example in the entire world in saving lives during the pandemic. The state’s death rate is lowest in the world while around 50 per cent of the total patients in the state have recovered and returned to their houses so far,” the CM said in the video.