KalingaTV News Network
New Delhi: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was on Friday presented with the Best Administrator award by former President Pranab Mukherjee at the Outlook Speakout awards in New Delhi.
Patnaik scored more votes than Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, CPI (M) leader and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddramaiah, who were the other contenders in the category. BJD leaders Arun Sahoo, Tejeswar Parida and Debi Prasad Mishra were present on the occasion.
In an exclusive interview with KalingaTV, the Chief Minister dedicated the award to the state. “This award belongs to four crore Odias. I have a strong resolve to make Odisha the number one state,” he said.
Besides, awards in the categories of Best Socially Conscious Entrepreneur, Best Parliamentarian, Best Social Activist, Best Artist, Best Academician and Best Non-Fiction Book and Vinod Mehta Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award were also presented.
The Chief Minister is scheduled to return to Bhubaneswar on August 20 and elaborate celebrations have been planned in the city upon his arrival.