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Odisha CM honours sports persons and inaugurates Boyanika exhibition
Odisha's chief minister, Naveen Patnaik honoured two of Odisha's outstanding athletes, Srabani Nanda and Dutee Chand for their outstanding achievements in various athletic meets at national and international levels, in New Delhi today.
He mentioned that for the last decade and a half, it has been the considered policy of the State Government to nurture sports talents through quality training and proper infrastructure both in urban and rural locations with particular emphasis on backward and tribal areas of the State.

The chief minister informed that the State adopted a Rule for direct recruitment of meritorious sportspersons of the State in Odisha Police last year to recognise their outstanding performance and to provide them the desired financial security. And, under the said Rule, 59 sports persons have been provided employment till now.

CM Patnaik stated that the State has adopted yet another Rule this year for direct recruitment of outstanding sports persons in Executive capacities in different State Government Undertakings.

He expressed his pleasure in offering Letters of Appointment to Srabani Nanda as Junior Manager in Odisha Hydro Power Corporation Limited and to Dutee Chand as Assistant Manager in Odisha Mining Corporation Limited under the new Rule.

While presenting them with their Appointment Letters, Odisha CM wished them all success in their sporting careers and expressed his confidence that in future they will represent the country in Olympics and earn laurels for the State and the country.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Boyanika Handloom Exhibition at Odisha Bhawan specially organised to mark the festive season of Sabitri and Raja and to promote Odisha handlooms in and around Delhi.

The handloom exhibition is open to public from 24th May, 2016 to 23rd June, 2016 and offers a wide range of handloom products like Sonepuri Silk, Khandua, Bomkai, Sambalpuri, Ikat, Berhampuri Sarees, Stoles, Scarves, Bedcovers and dress materials, etc. 

A few new innovative products such as linen, angavastra of Lord Jagannath and kotpad products are special attractions of the exhibition.

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