Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
The cyclonic storm Hudhud was not that cruel for Orissa. It was not supposed to be in view of pronounced observation of the weather scientists. Yet, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik deserves unreserved praise for having meticulously prepared the administrative machinery to face every eventuality.
I will do wrong if I do not note the excellent leadership given by the Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati to the Executive Government in preparedness for the threatening catastrophe, which Orissa narrowly escaped under the magic of nature.
Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra and Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, the Special Relief Commissioner and Energy Secretary respectively, along with their determined staff, deserve gratitude of the State for the exemplary readiness to meet Hudhud.
Lacunae here and there may have stayed. But the reality is that, despite political calling in Kandhamal, and the chilling rocking of the State under waves of unprecedented corruption, the Chief Minister has offered matchless leadership to management of the State’s approach to the devastating wrath of nature and in the climate of alarm created by television media, the above mentioned officers had made a perfect team of functionaries that for any such danger in future shall offer a sample of how to save the State from calamities.
It is also true that the State Administration had gained a great strength to meet the situation from the unreserved, unconditional and reassuring support of Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi.
We are sure, our people will be, with equal concern, brought back to their normal avocations by the government that has to defeat the debacles, which post-cyclone floods, damage of crops, collapse of houses, and corresponding ruinations may bring in.
It would be most welcome, if Orissa now contributes her might to revival of normalcy in Andhra Pradesh too.