Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today celebrated Diwali with children. He visited an SOS Children’s Village in Bhubaneswar and distributed sweets and gifts among children.
This apart, Patnaik announced a financial assistance of Rs 20 lakh for the SOS Village for development activities.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy visited Chetna, an institution of special education, and interacted with the inmates.
Personal Secretary to Chief Minister and Secretary of 5T, VK Pandian visited the sports hostel in the premises of Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and celebrated Diwali with its inmates.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister advised senior officials including Chief Secretary and district collectors to visit child care institutions and celebrate Diwali with children.
The DGP and SPs were asked to celebrate the festival of light with jawans of different battalions.
“Celebrated Diwali with family members, including children of police personnel at RP Lines, Bhubaneswar, in presence of CP & others. Innovative & maiden connect of the sort,” tweeted DGP Bijay Kumar Sharma.