New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (October 16) extended birthday greetings to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and wished him long and healthy life in the service of the people.
Sharing a message on Twitter, PM Modi wrote, "Greetings to Naveen Patnaik Ji on his birthday. I pray that he is blessed with a long and healthy life in service of the people. @Naveen_Odisha."
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik serving as the current and 14th Chief Minister of Odisha celebrates his birthday on 16th October. Taking an exemplary step, he has decided not to celebrate his birthday, this time too, in view of the COVID-19 situation. Patnaik said that he was always indebted to the people of Odisha for their love, good wishes and blessings.
What Patnaik said in his official statements read as follows: -"It has been two-and-a-half-year since people have been facing a hard time due to COVID-19 crisis. So, it will be a great pleasure for me if the well-wishers instead of visiting my residence perform the great deeds such as helping the families of those who died due to COVID-19 and blood donation." This is the second consecutive year that Naveen Patnaik had not celebrated his birthday in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.