Cuttack: The Odisha chief minister said that his government is working with dedication and sincerity to empower farmers, tribals, women and youth in the state.
Patnaik, who unfurled the national falg here at Barabati Stadium on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day, said Odisha has taken giant strides in all spheres, including economy, health, education, industry and infrastructure. The state has surpassed the national average in poverty reduction and other indicators of human resource development, he added. Stating that the state’s growth rate has surpassed the national average, he asserted that Odisha’s development model can be emulated by other states.
Governor S C Jamir unfurled the tricolour on Mahatma Gandhi Road in the state capital of Bhubaneswar.
Colourful tableaux displaying the state’s rich culture and progress made in different sectors were taken out on the stretch, enthralling the bystanders.
The 69th Republic Day is being celebrated across state amid tight security.
“All arrangements have been made to ensure smooth and peaceful Republic Day celebrations across the state”, said the Director General of Police (DGP) R P Sharma.
Security has been strengthened in Maoist-hit districts, including Malkangiri and Koraput, in view of a boycott call given by the Left-wing extremists. In some areas, the Maoists have put up posters, asking people to stay away from Republic Day celebrations.