Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik d hoisted tri-colour in Barabati Stadium grounds while Governor S C Jamir unfurled the tri-colour at the main function on Mahatma Gandhi Marg in state capital Bhubaneswar.
Naveen urged people to work with commitment to ensure speedy development as a developed India as well as a prosperous Odisha was the goal.
Democracy had been strengthened in the country over the years since Independence and balanced development and progress would ensure proper empowerment of all sections of the society and enable everyone, including the poor to live with dignity.
While people’s faith in democracy had grown, the administration has also become responsive; Patnaik said and asked the people work sincerely to protect democratic and secular values.
Tight security arrangements had been made in Maoist-hit Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Gajapati and Nuapada districts in view of the boycott call by the ultras.
No untoward incident was, however, reported from anywhere in the state.
Suspected Maoists put up black flags in some pockets of Chitrakonda and Kalimela areas in Malkangiri district, the sources said.