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Prez Begins Odisha Visit

Bhubaneswar: President Ram Nath Kovind along with the First Lady Savita Kovind Saturday arrived in Odisha on  a three-day visit to the state.

The President couple reached the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) flight. Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Pratap Sarangi, Dharmendra Pradhan, Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi, Odisha Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra and DGP Abhya welcomed the President at the airport.

The President later went to Raj Bhavan amidst tight security where he would stay overnight. On March 21, he is scheduled to attend the 18th annual convocation of NIT Rourkela and also inaugurate a Super Specialty Hospital in Rourkela as well.

On March 22, the President will visit the Shree Jagannatha Temple in Puri  and visit the India Oil Foundation Trust Interpretation Centre at Konark, before returning to New Delhi on March 22 evening.

Apart from security arrangements, the state government also maintained COVID-19 protocol and people coming in close proximity to him undergo RT-PCR tests.