On Thursday, December 31, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced plans to build a memorial in the State Capital for the corona warriors who laid their lives in the line of duty. The plans were discussed during the Chief Minister’s meeting with family members of martyred corona warriors of five districts through video conference.
Patnaik, expressing his gratitude, said that the Odisha government will ensure that names of corona warriors who lost their lives are inscribed in the memorial to keep their memory alive.
“The dedication of these martyrs will not go in vain and our victory is certain in this war against Covid,” The New Indian Express quoted Patnaik as saying. He added that the government will always stand by the families of those who laid down their lives for the greater good.
Describing 2020 as a year of disaster, the Chief Minister said, “Odisha faced these challenges and bore the brunt of the Covid pandemic as much as anywhere else in the globe. However, we could stand tall against all adversity because of the dedication and honesty of our lakhs of Covid warriors.”
“I can assure you that you will never face any problem in the absence of your dear ones. The government is duty bound to be with you in your times of crisis,” Patnaik said, adding that the void left behind by the corona warriors will never be filled.
Patnaik spoke to family members of the martyred Covid warriors of different districts.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary Health & Family Welfare PK Mohapatra spoke about the measures taken by the government to address issues that are constantly arising amid the pandemic.
On the occasion of Birata Divas, Patnaik paid tributes to eminent freedom fighter and revolutionary Saheed Madho Singh. Patnaik mentioned that Singh had given a new direction to the freedom struggle in India.