Odisha: Naveen Patnaik announces not to celebrate birthday in view of cyclone Fani damages | Bhubaneswar News timesofindia.indiatimes.com


BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who turns 73 on Wednesday, will not celebrate his birthday in view of hardships inflicted by cyclone Fani that struck Odisha coast near Puri on May 3.
“This year cyclone Fani has caused lots of damages. In view of that I have decided not to celebrate my birthday,” a statement issued by the CM’s office attributed Naveen as saying. Sixty-four people were killed in cyclone Fani in the state while infrastructure in Puri and Bhubaneswar were badly damaged.
Instead of thronging his residence to greet him, Naveen asked his supporters to spend time with the orphans and disabled. “I request our party workers and well-wishers to visit orphanages and schools meant for disabled and contribute something for them instead of visiting my residence to greet me,” Naveen said.
“Not just my birthday, you should visit such places on all your memorable days such as birthdays and marriage anniversaries with family to such places. Children are our future. I will be happy if you could do anything for them,” the CM said.

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