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Naveen Patnaik

Naveen Patnaik led the BJD to yet another victory in 2019 Odisha Assembly elections, thus becoming the Chief Minister of the state for a fifth consecutive time. He is the son of Biju Patnaik, the former chief minister of Odisha. He formed the Biju Janata Dal, to which he belongs, in 1998 when the party broke off from the Janata dal. His popularity among the masses in Odisha rests upon the pro-poor political stance he has. Before joining politics he completed his college education from University of Delhi and is also a writer with four books to his name. Having spent a large part of his life outside Odisha, he is not fluent in the vernacular language of the state and has come under a lot of critism from his political opponent because of this.


Cyclone Amphan HIGHLIGHTS: Odisha to send 500 disaster, fire personnel to assist in rescue ops in Bengal

June 01, 2020 3:46 pm

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday wrote to the Indian Railways asking them not to send Shramik Special trains to state till May 26 in view of Cyclone Amphan.

Odisha announces Rs 50 lakh ex gratia to COVID-19 healthcare workers, state honours for death during service

April 21, 2020 6:14 pm

The state government announced a package of Rs 50 lakh for deceased healthcare personnel as well as the status of state martyrs, along with other measures.

Odisha launches employment scheme for urban poor

April 19, 2020 8:18 am

A senior bureaucrat said that the initiative will involve "labour-intensive work such as maintenance and upgradation of toilets and water infrastructure" in ULBs, while maintaining social distancing.

Odisha extends lockdown till April 30, first state to do so

April 09, 2020 2:19 pm

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “The cabinet, which met today, decided that saving the lives of our people is the top most priority at this juncture.” The state has reported 42 cases of COVID-19 and two deaths so far.

Odisha govt announces Rs 2,200 crore package for poor and needy as state identifies third coronavirus case

March 28, 2020 12:09 pm

Odisha confirmed its third positive case of coronavirus, which has led to disruption in the functioning of the state assembly.

Coronavirus: Healthcare workers in Odisha to get four months’ salary in advance

March 26, 2020 1:06 am

In a video clip, Patnaik said: “Paramedics and all healthcare workers will be given their salaries for April, May, June and July in the month of April itself.”

Odisha CM writes to PM Modi to postpone Census and updation of NPR, state BJP leader supports

March 21, 2020 12:27 pm

Reacting to the letter, Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly, Pradipta Naik, said, “There is no problem with this suggestion. I am hopeful PM will accept the proposal”.

Explained: Why there’s a question mark over NPR exercise after Odisha says put it off

March 21, 2020 1:45 pm

On Friday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging that the NPR updation be postponed.

Odisha Promotion Adalats: Unfairly ignored for promotion? Here’s where you appeal

March 09, 2020 4:00 am

Promotion Adalat has been set up by the Odisha government to reexamine cases where government employees feel they have been unjustly overlooked for a promotion. The Adalat is presided over by Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Mishra.

Odisha minister slams politics of religion, BJP questions conduct

March 06, 2020 12:58 pm

Odisha Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain has drawn a sharp response from the BJP for his remarks on “politics of religion” and criticism of Maharashtra’s Governor’s office.


Aftermath of Cyclone Fani: Odisha struggles to restore basic amenities

May 07, 2019 9:45 am

CM Naveen Patnaik tweeted on Sunday that all families in Puri and in those parts of Khurda, which had been “extremely severely affected”, will get 50 kg of rice, Rs 2,000 in cash and polythene sheets, if covered under the Food Security Act (FSA).

Today in pics: Narendra Modi resigns as Gujarat Chief Minister

May 22, 2014 9:37 am

Narendra Modi fought back tears again as he wished Gujarat to "surge ahead".