Bhubaneswar: A postal ‘Special Cover’ is being released to commemorate the birth centenary of Legendary Biju Patnaik. Initiated by web channel OdishaLIVE and approved by Indian Post, the cover carries a centenary logo and rare & historical photographs devoted to the legend.
The special cover was released by Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik during the launching ceremony of OdishaLIVE Conclave on Birth Centenary of Biju Patnaik, organized by the web channel here in the state capital city, Bhubaneswar on 03 March, Thursday.
“The legend of Biju Babu is all encompassing and ever inspiring to the people of Odisha. As we are celebrating his birth centenary this event of OdishaLIVE is a good tribute to him” said the Chief Minister, after inaugurating the event.
The Chief Post Master General of Indian Post, Odisha Circle, Mr. Tikal De, who was present at the occasion said to OdishaLIVE that, these special covers will be made available at the philately bureau across the country and shall create a connect on the legendary leader of the country. He appreciated the initiative of OdishaLIVE for choosing postal special cover as one of the creative mediums to pay tribute to the Biju Patnaik on his birth centenary.
“This special cover showcasing common life of an uncommon man like Biju Babu will create interest among the young generation”, said Mr. Nilambar Rath, Founder & Editor, OdishaLIVE. “Biju Patnaik was a pilot, patriot and a politician of rare national stature. It is a great opportunity for us to pay tribute through this kind of national medium”, he added.
Release of postal Special Cover was one among the series of media programmes taken up by OdishaLIVE to commemorate the birth centenary of the legend. Thus Mr. Rath thanked Postal Department for approving the concept and the design developed by his team. “Biju Patnaik was and will be a subject of inspiration for the youth. Thus this postal cover could be another opportunity to make the memories of Biju Babu alive, especially through the philatelists”, Mr. Rath said.
Incidentally, the Special Cover on Biju Babu was the first cover released in 2016 in the postal circle of Odisha. The Philatelic Bureau of Indian Post is circulating the Special cover across the country and is looking forward to adding it to The National Philatelic Museum as homage to Shri Biju Patnaik. Being a rare occasion, Philatelists have also shown interest in collecting the cover on Biju Babu.
Shri Debi Prasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister for Industry and Mass Education, Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patsani, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Shri KK Jena, Advisor OdishaLIVE and National President Odisha without Border (OwB) also graced the occasion where the special cover was released.