Bhubaneswar, 13/6 (AO Bureau): The Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has decided to hold a cultural festival in Odisha amid fears of a Covid-19 infection, and the capital Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Cuttack, will be available from tomorrow through ‘Pitha on Wheel’. On the occasion of the cultural festival of Odisha, Hon’ble Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik extended his heartfelt congratulations to the people of the state, especially the mothers, daughters and OTDC workers.
The event was inaugurated today by Mrs. Mishra, Chairperson of OTDC. Ms. Mishra initially read out a message from Hon’ble Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
In his message, the Hon’ble Chief Minister conveyed his heartfelt greetings and heartfelt congratulations to the people of Odisha and especially the mothers and daughters on the occasion of the beloved Oriya festival Raj, saying that Raj is a cultural festival of Odisha. It is a unique tradition to honor Basudha, nature and the greatness of women. A celebration of women’s invaluable contribution to society. He also congratulated the “Pie on Wheels” program organized by OTDC’s Panthanibas and Mission Shakti mothers on the occasion of Menstruation. In his message, the Chief Minister said that if everyone observed the menstruation and observed the menstruation in a quiet manner, they would be able to avoid the Covid infection.
Ms. Mishra then advised everyone to follow the Kovid-18 guidelines and be safe at home by celebrating Raj Parva, a symbol of our great tradition. He encouraged ordinary people as well to take part in solving this great task: “One of the things you and other people can do is keep up the pressure … there are going to be some difficult decisions for government”. Ms. Mishra hopes that this delicious Oriya cake, made by the mothers of Panthanibas and Mission Shakti in a completely hygienic process, will be loved by the people this year as well as last year.
OTDC Managing Director and State Tourism Director Sachin R. Yadav said the menstruation was being observed in silence this year in view of the Kovid-18 epidemic. There will be only symbolic doli in the guesthouse. No events will be held. But like last year, delicious cakes will be served through ‘Cakes on Wheels’. The cake will be available at six locations in the capital Bhubaneswar from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The cakes will be sold through Master Canteen Chowk, Khandagiri Chowk, CRP Chowk, Patia Chowk, Chandrasekhar Pur and Rupali Chowk by Panthanibas and Women’s Self-Help Groups through ‘Pitha on Wheel’. Masks made by women’s self-help groups will also be available here. Last year, the cake business was worth Rs 11 lakh. Not only Bhubaneswar but also Sambalpur Panthanibas will sell delicious rice cakes through similar ‘cakes on wheels’. A special mobile phone number has been issued for the sale of the cake. The number is also available on the OTDC social media page. He said special cakes would be set up at Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Cuttack guesthouses and sold.
Bhubaneswar Panthanibas staff, including senior OTDC officials, were present at the inaugural function.