New Delhi: As part of the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav and Philately day celebrations, Union Ministers from Odisha, Dharmendra Pradhan and Ashwini Vaishnaw on Wednesday released special covers on six unsung heroes of Odisha, who made great contributions in the country’s freedom struggle.
These unsung heroes are Buxi Jagabandhu, Sahid Baji Rout, Sahid Jai Rajguru, Sahid Chakhi Khuntia, Sahid Chakra Bisoi and Parbati Giri. The Special Covers were released at Dak Bhawan, New Delhi.
Vineet Pandey, Secretary, Department of Posts, Alok Sharma, Director General (Posts) and other senior officers of Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications attended the event. Suvendu Swain, Chief Postmaster General of Odisha, Suresh Chanadra Dalai, Commissioner Cum Secretary, Odia Language, literature & Culture Department along with several other dignitaries joined the event virtually from Odisha.
The two Ministers also interacted with the family members of the six un-sung heroes, via video conferencing from Odisha.
In his speech, Pradhan recollected the struggle of these great men and women and reminded the present generation of their duties to uphold the values and path shown by these eminent personalities.
Minister Vaishnaw recollected that the great contributions made by the 6 heroes are etched in the minds of the Odia people and how they were a part of the local folk-lore. He congratulated the Department of Posts for bringing out special covers of these unsung heroes of Odisha.
The Department of Posts is celebrating the National Postal Week from October 11 to 17. Each day is being celebrated through specific themes viz financial inclusion, philately, mails & parcels etc, through mass campaigns involving citizens across the length and breadth of the country, and sharing the spirit of India@75.