Directorate of Field Publicity Bhubaneswar  

Odisha at a Glance
             Located on the east coast of India along the Bay of Bengal Odisha is the modern name of the ancient kingdom of Kalinga which was invaded by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka in 261 B.C. The modern state of Odisha was established on April 1, 1936, as a province in British India. April 1 is therefore celebrated as utkal Diwas or foundation day of Odisha. Cuttack which is a major city of Odisha remained the capital of the state for over eight centuries until April 13, 1948 when Bhubaneswar was officially declared as the new capital of Odisha and still is the present capital of this state. Odisha is the 9th largest state by area in India, and the 11th largest by population.. Odia is the official and most widely spoken language, spoken by three quarters of the population.The total area of Odisha is 155,707 sqkm.comprising of 30 districts,314 blocks and 316 Tehsils.


          Situated in the eastern part of the country Odisha is surrounded by West Bengal in the northeast, Jharkhand in the north, Chhattisgarh in the west and north-west and Andhra Pradesh in the south. Odisha is the combination of several deltas of varied sizes and shapes formed by the major rivers of Odisha, such as the Subarnarekha, the Budhabalanga, the Baitarani, the Brahmani, the Mahanadi, and the Rushikulya. Odisha, which was earlier spelt as Orissa has been renamed in November 2011. This state is well known in the world for its ancient glory, exquisite temples and monuments of historical importance. Endowed with nature’s bounty it is replete with beautiful beaches, rivers, sea, lagoons, waterfalls, blue hills of Eastern Ghats with rich wild life. Odisha is also the land of unique handicrafts and other excellent artifacts.


With an objective to create a strong and prosperous new India by 2022 and to promote a sense of national unity and integrity among a cross section of people Field Publicity Office Baripada in co-ordination with Field Publicity office, Balasore organised a Special Programme on “Naye Bharat Ka Manthan... Sankalp se Siddhi..” at Badakhilada village in Kaptipada Block of Mayurbhanj district on 22-23 August 2017. During the programme awareness rally, symposium, message oriented magic Show, cultural programmes were organised to motivate the participants in order to contribute significantly for building a new India. Apart from this all field publicity Units of DFP, Odisha Region administered Naye Bharat ka Sankalp pledge to the public to create a new India that is devoid of Garbage, corruption, poverty, terrorism and casteism. Field Publicity Office, Jeypore in co-ordination with Bhawanipatna Unit organised two programmes on 3rd National Handloom Day, one at Kotpad and the other in Central University of Orissa of Koraput on 5 August and 7 August respectively. The very objective of the programme was to create awareness among the public on the importance of handloom industry in the socio-economic development of the country in general and to promote handloom, increase the income of weavers and enhance the pride of the weavers in particular. During its 1st programme at Kotpad in Koraput district information on Boonakar Suraksha Bima Yojana, Weavers Mudra Scheme and other welfare programmes meant for the weavers were disseminated. During the programme awareness rally, symposium, cultural programme and quiz competition was organised. The Unit observed its second programme on National Handloom Day at Central university of Orissa, Koraput on 7 August 2017. 6 (six) National award winning weavers including one Sant Kabir awardee were felicitated by the Vice-chancellor of the University Prof. Sachidananda Mohanty for their outstanding contribution in the field of ethnic handloom product. Besides this Field Publicity office, Jeypore observed “Kargil Vijay Diwas” on 26.7.2017 and organised a symposium and Elocution contest on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan among the students of Challanguda M.E.School on 27.7.2017 in the LWE affected Malkangiri district. Similarly Field Publicity Office Berhampur participated in the World Breast Feeding week programme organised by five Gaon Kalyan Samities of Ganju Grampanchyata under Keluapalli C.H.C on 03.08.17 of Ganjam district. and disseminated information on the importance of Breast feeding. The Baripada Unit also organised one awareness programme on World Breast Feeding Week-17 to mark the day in Kadalibadia village under Shyamkhunta block of Mayurbhanj dist on 4.8.17 with participants of AWWs,ASHAs, SHG women members and other lacteting mothers .The Unit also disseminated information on Malaria, Dengue, Diarrhoea and on the importance of 75 years of Quit India Movement besides providing information on other flagship programmes during its publicity programme in the LWE affected G.Udayagiri Block of Gajapati district and in Rangeilunda Block of Ganjam district. Both Kendujhar Unit and Bhawanipatna Unit organised awareness programme on Naye Bharat Ka Sankalp besides disseminating information on other flaghip programmes during their publicity programmes in Telkoi and Banspal Block in Keonjhar district and Madan Pur Rampur Block and Bhawanipatna Block in Kalahandi district. Both the unit also disseminated information on the ill effects of child marriage and Human Trafficking. Apart from this all Field Publicity Offices of DFP, Odisha Region observed 71st Independence Day in a befitting manner and organised suitable programmes comprising elocution, Film show, Group discussion, Photo Exhibition on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Skill India Mission, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana, cashless transaction and other flagship programmes of Government of India. and also administered the pledge on New India Manthan..... Sankalpa Se Siddhi on 9th August 17
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