Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister declared State funeral for late Rabi Singh considering his immense contribution to the Odia literature and freedom movement.

Patnaik, while expressing deep grief at the death of eminent poet Rabi Singh, said that the late Rabi Singh was a very talented poet, prolific writer and a true patriot. “His poems were remarkable in carrying the values of socialism, human rights and equality of classes. His death has created a great void in modern Odia literature “, said the chief minister. He conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family.