New Delhi, Dec 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a commemorative stamp, a commemorative coin and a chair in Utkal university on the 1817 Paika revolt on December 24 during his visit to Odisha, as part of efforts to commemorate 200-year celebrations of the rebellion, considered by many as the first organised revolt against the British rule.
Addressing reporters here, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said, "during his visit to Odhisha on December 24, the PM will release a commemorative coin and a commemorative stamp to commemorate the 200 year celebrations of the Paika revolt.'
A chair in Utkal University will also be established in memory of the Paika rebellion.’’
Dr Sharma said the celebrations of the 200-year Paika revolt were kickstarted by former President Pranab Mukherjee in July last year.
Mr Pradhan said that during his visit to the state, the PM will inaugurate schemes worth Rs 14,500 crore 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 3,800 crore, he said.
Also inaugurated will be an ASI hospital of 50 beds, built at a cost of Rs 73.5 crore and two important roads of NH 5 in Odisha.
During his visit, the PM will also address a public meeting in Khurda.
The PM's visit to Odisha is being seen as the beginning of the campaign for the state assembly polls as well as the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (UNI)