PM to visit Odisha Dec 24, to release commemorative coin & postage stamp in memory of Paika Rebellion

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the commemorative coin and postage stamp in memory of Paika Rebellion during his visit to Odisha on Decembr 24. The Central Government has decided to set up a chair in memory of the event in Utkal University, Bhubaneswar at a cost of Rs. 5.0 crore, Minister of State for Culture(I/c). Mahesh Sharma and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan said at a Joint Press conference to brief about the upcoming visit by the PM.

Dr Sharma said that the Prime Minister will release the commemorative coin and postage stamp in memory of Paika Rebellion on December 24 in a function to be held in IIT Bhubaneswar campus.
‘’Also launched will be a chair at Utkal university that the Government has decided to set up in memory of the event, at a cost of Rs. 5.0 crore.

The money will be released to the University as corpus fund to be kept in Escrow account. Expenses of the chair will be met out of the interest earned on the corpus fund,’’ he said. The Culture Minister also informed that the Prime Minister will also be inaugurating the Archaeological Museum, Lalitgiri which will surely add a new facet of tourism in the region and increase the immense potential of employment generation.

Thanking the Ministry of Culture for recognising the Paika Rebellion at the national level, Mr Pradhan said that in 1817, forty years before the revolt of 1857, Buxi Jagabandhu roused his brave Paika warriors against the oppressive British Raj in Khordha and led them into battle. ‘’It was moment of pride for Odias all across the world when the current government decided to give Paika its place of pride. The decision to appropriately commemorate the bi-centenary of the revolution was announced in the 2017-18 Budget Speech,’’Mr Pradhan said.

Briefing the media about the Museum to be inaugurated, DG ASI, Usha Sharma said that in the larger public interest to boost tourism, as per policy of Site Museums, Archaeological Survey of India has constructed the Site Museum at Lalitgiri for display and protection of retrieved antiquities.

The museum building has been constructed through CPWD by incurring an expenditure of Rs.10 crores.The whole complex is spread across an area of 4750 sq. m. The museum has been organised into six galleries with display of antiquities, etc. at a cost of Rs 86 lakhs. Huge sculptures of the Buddha and various Buddhist deities, architectural fragments of Viharas and Chaityas are arranged period-wise across six galleries.

The most important finding of the Lalitgiri are relic caskets found inside the stupaduring excavations in the year 1985. Three Khondalite stone caskets were found out of which two have one set of steatite, silver and gold caskets each with the relics inside in the form of charred bones.

Lalitgiri is one of the earliest Buddhist settlements in Odisha situated about 120 km north of Bhubaneswar in District Cuttack. Mr Pradhan said that during his visit to the state , the PM will inaugurate schemes worth RS 14500 crrore in the areas of health, road transport, Petroleum and power.

Mr Pradhan said that during his visit to the state the PM will dedicate to the country the new campus of IIT Bhubaneswar. A foundation stone will also be laid , on behalf of the Ministry of Petroleum, for a pipeline from Paradip to Hyderabad , to be built at an investment of Rs 3800 cr, he said. Also inaugurated will be an ASI hospital of 50 beds, built at a cost of RS 73.5 cr and two important roads of NH 5 in Odisha. During his visit, the PM will also addres a public meeting in Khurda.
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