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BHARAT RATNA FOR BIJU PATNAIK DEMANDED IN RAJYA SABHA Friday, 01 May 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
BHARAT RATNA FOR BIJU PATNAIK DEMANDED IN RAJYA SABHA
Friday, 01 May 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
BJD Rajya Sabha member AU Singh Deo on Wednesday demanded that former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik be conferred with the Bharat Ratna award for his heroic acts. Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Singh Deo said, “Patnaik’s contribution in freedom struggle of India and Indonesia was significant and his enduring efforts to popularise science and technology in the world through Kaling awards is highly appreciable. He should be given the country’s highest civilian award,”
He too reminded the House that he served the country as a commercial pilot during the Quit India Movement in many ways. Besides crucial role in India’s Independence, Patnaik had also played crucial role in achieving freedom of Indonesia. Under the instruction of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal, he accompanied by his wife flew a small plane to Jakarta and brought Indonesian leader to the international conference in 1947. For his daring act, Biju Patnaik was given Indonesia’s highest civilian award, the Bhumi Putra, he said He said though Patnaik was brave, democratically spirited and strived for independence and was jailed, yet he has been ignored by successive Governments.