OdishaLIVE Bureau

In a glittering function in New Delhi Chief Minister Naveen accepted Outlook Magazine’s ‘Best Administrator in India’ from former President Pranab Mukherjee. The honour is an initiative of the Outlook magazine’s Speakout Awards. Others who were present in the award giving ceremony included union finance minister Arun Jaitley.

Naveen pipped five other Chief Ministers – Nitish Kumar (Bihar), Devendra Fadnavis (Maharashtra), Manik Sarkar (Tripura), Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), and Siddaramaiah (Karnataka) for the prestigious award after an online survey conducted by the magazine.

The chief ministers were selected in response to their performance in terms of the state’s governance, development and growth over and above welfare measures taken by the respective governments.

“The 71-year-old Naveen Patnaik has been a Chief Minister for more than 17 years in Odisha, a feat accomplished by only a few leaders, such as Jyoti Basu, elsewhere in the country. Many attribute the success of the Biju Janata Dal president, son of former chief minister Biju Pattnaik, to his good work as an administrator. His handling of the situation arising out of the various cyclones is considered to be a copybook lesson in disaster management”, stated the online magazine.

“Under his able leadership, Odisha recorded the sharpest poverty reduction in the country, and became an investment-friendly state through the ‘Invest Odisha’ initiative”, said the journal.

Patnaik charted Odisha’s remarkable turnaround once India’s most backward state into a happening state during the four terms he has been chief minister.