Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday paid tribute to late former president APJ Abdul Kalam on his 89th birth anniversary.
CM Naveen Patnaik remembered his long association with Odisha and tweeted that, “Dr Kalam had a very long association with Odisha and naming of Kalam Island after him is our tribute to him. His humility and his contribution in the field of science will continue to inspire.”
Humble tributes to former President #APJAbdulKalam on his birth anniversary. Dr Kalam had a very long association with #Odisha and naming of Kalam Island after him is our tribute to him. His humility and his contribution in the field of science will continue to inspire. pic.twitter.com/d7cSqMxKPh
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 15, 2020
Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He was born on October 15, 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.
APJ Abdul Kalam had spent considerable time in Odisha. Several times, he had visited the Wheeler Island, located approximately 10 kilometers off the Odisha coast.
The former president had worked for a long time as a missile scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) unit at Balasore.
Odisha government had renamed the island in Bhadrak district after the former President as a tribute to him.
Several organisations across the state observed his birth anniversary adhering the Covid guidelines.