Bhubaneswar, Aug 13: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday felicitated three families with Suraj award.
The awardees are Rani Patra from Ganjam’s Digapahandi, Suchitra Das from Bhubaneswar and Rajlaxmi Das of Delang in Puri district.
“Suraj is an inspiration for all of us and shines bright as the sun, even after his death. He and the awardees today are living examples of humanity and service to the society,” The Chief Minister said on the occasion.
Odisha Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro, Minister Ashok Chandra Panda and MLA Pradeep Maharathi attended the event from Digapahandi, Bhubaneswar and Pipili respectively. The family members of the awardees were also present the award ceremony, which took place through video conferencing.
Worth mentioning, the ‘Suraj Award’ was announced by the CM in November 2019 to recognise Suraj from Bhanjanagar who died in a road accident in Surat. After his death, Suraj’s organs saved six lives.
Later, Suraj’s parents had met Naveen on November 11 at the Lok Seva Bhavan, where Naveen announced the Award to recognise and encourage cadaveric organ donation.