Odisha celebrates Independence Day

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik today hoisted the national flag at Mahatma Gandhi Marg and celebrated Independence Day with much patriotic fervour in Odisha.

About 64 troupes, including school and college students, participated in the march-past. Two troupes from Andhra Pradesh also took part in the parade. Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister recalled sacrifices of the freedom fighters on the occasion.

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Patnaik said that while the country had carved a niche in terms of development, Odisha had strengthened its position in the country by taking several development initiatives for the people.

He said the per capita income of people was on the rise and poverty had reduced in the state.

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Patnaik said additional three lakh beneficiaries were included from Monday in Madhu Babu Pension Yojana.