Khurda: President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone of the Paika Rebellion Memorial on the foothills of Barunei Hills in Khurda district to mark the completion of 200 years of the uprising of the ‘Paikas’ today.
The Paika revolt had taken place o the foothills of Barunei Hills in 1817. The Union Ministry of Culture will execute the project. The Indian Oil Foundation had approved a fund of Rs 90 crore for the memorial.
Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Culture Minister Prahalad Patel were present.
Speaking on the occasion, the President highlighted the contributions of Jayee Rajaguru, who was executed by the British in 1806 for leading a local rebellion that is perceived to have influenced the 1817 mass uprising of Paika heroes. He also remembered the sacrifices of Paikas.
The Paikas, who were the traditional land-owning militia, had revolted against the British after the latter took away their rent-free land in 1803. The Centre had allocated Rs 200 crore for commemorating the 200th anniversary of the revolt.