Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday unfurled the National Flag at Exhibition Ground here on the occasion of 74th Independence Day.
The Chief Minister paid tribute to freedom fighters who have sacrificed their lives in freedom movements and Corona Warriors who are playing a significant role in fight against COVID-19 in the state.
For the first time, the flag hoisting ceremony was held without the participation of public.
“India is now fighting a battle against COVID19. I pay tributes to the Corona Warriors of the state who are playing a crucial role in this fight,” he said.
“Corona has become a huge challenge not just for India or the world but the entire human race. It has had deep impacts on education, health, economical, tourism and transport sectors and on society in general,” said Patnaik.
He said the government has set up dedicated COVID hospitals for the treatment of the patients as saving each life is top priority.
“The agriculture activities and employment generation work are continuing during the period of lockdown in the state. Financial assistance is being provided to the poor and labourers,” he added.