New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar, May 28: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today welcomed Odisha Chief Minister Naveen patnaik’s appeal Odias spread across the globe to sing “Bande Utkal Janani” at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday to encourage and show respect to the covid warriors.
Taking to Twitter Pradhan said, “I welcome Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s appeal for singing ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ in honor of COVID-19 warriors. It is a plea for patriotism to honor and encourage the frontline fighters of the global epidemic.”
Patnaik today appealed Odias spread across the globe to sing “Bande Utkal Janani” at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday to encourage and show respect to the COVID warriors.
“I request our 4.5 crore Odia brothers and sisters, irrespective of where you are staying, to sing ‘Vande Utkal Janani’ at 5.30 p.m. on May 30 by maintaining social distance,” Patnaik said in a video message.
He said the objective behind it was to encourage and respect COVID warriors’ dedication and sacrifices.
“Vande Utkal Janani” was the opening song of Utkal Sammilani during the fight for the formation of a separate province. “In the time of the Covid-19 crisis, the song will be of great help in strengthening our determination,” Patnaik said.