5 major announcements by Odisha CM on Children's Day

Henrietta Strickland
November 15, 2017

Making a scathing attack on the ruling BJD at a press conference, BJP Vice President Sameer Mohanty questioned the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's sudden love for the school students and chided, "At last after 17 years, love for children has suddenly surfaced in CM's heart".

While addressing the students at a state-level Children's Day celebration at the city based Capital High School, Patnaik appealed them to "Dream Big" to excel in life.

The Chief Minister also expressed his willingness to see everyone going to the school and learn new knowledge and science.

While Odisha has reached a certain level in most indicators, the CM said, education will take the state to the next level of development. "I feel happy watching Odia students on Television excelling in national and worldwide events", he said.

He announced a "Mo School" (My School) campaign under which government school ex-students can donate money to their alma mater for boosting infrastructure and the state would contribute double the amount.

The CM also announced cash awards and scholarships to encourage best performing schools and students. As many as 10 students from each block of the state will get a cash award of Rs 5,000 each.

In addition, Rs 5,000 cash reward will be given to students under Mukhyamantri Medhabrutti Puraskar if they do well in Class X exams. In total, 40,000 students will be benefited from this scheme.

Since the contribution of parents and teachers for the success of children is unequivocal, the state government has also made a decision to felicitate the parents and teachers of highest scoring Class X students.

Around 4,500 school children from 24 schools were present during the programme which was organised by School & Mass Education Department.

In his speech, which was broadcasted live on Doordarshan, regional TV channels and FM radio channels, Patnaik remind the students about legendary Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das and Biju Patnaik.

Prior to Patnaik's speech, the function witnessed various cultural programmes and performances by Prince Dance Group and Odisha Dance Academy.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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