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Bhubaneswar: Following the Chief Minister's appeal to adopt schools under Government's 'Mo School' initiative,  senior officers including 16 top bureaucrats of the State have come forward to give a boost to the government's initiative.

Several bureaucrats including senior IAS officers have adopted over 30 schools from across the State.

Among them, 13 are from the Chief Minister’s Office and 17 from different government departments and district administrations, School and Mass Education Department sources said.

Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra has adopted DN High School in Keonjhar while Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister, R Balakrishnan has adopted Jajpur Government High School. Similarly, Principal Advisor to CM and Western Odisha Development Council chief Asit Tripathy has adopted the Titlagarh High School.

Works Secretary Krishan Kumar and additional secretary to the Chief Minister Roopa Roshan Sahoo have committed to adopt three schools under the government's new programme. Kumar has taken two schools - MR Boys High School and MR Girls High School - in Gajapati and Sahoo has adopted one - Brajnath Badjena High School in Dhenkanal.

Special Secretary at Chief Minister's Office Vineel Krishna will take up Badapada High School in Malkangiri district.

School and Mass Education Secretary Satyabrata Sahu has announced to take up Manikeswari High School in Bhawanipatna. Sahu had lent voice to Mo School anthem last year.

This apart, IT Secretary Manoj Mishra will adopt the Unit-I Boys High School in Bhubaneswar while Energy Secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal will adopt BS High School at Sayedpur in Jajpur. Transport Secretary Madhusudan Padhi will take up Brahmapur High School in Bhadrak and work for its development.

Other adopting officers include RDC Central Division Anil Kumar Samal, Odisha Mining Corporation MD Balwant Singh, OSEPA State Project Director Bhupendra Singh Poonia and district collectors of Bhadrak, Gajapati and Kendrapara.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had launched the ‘Mo School Abhiyan’ on Children’s Day in 2017 and appealed the alumni to adopt their schools and take up works towards development.  As many as 25,000 schools have been included in the 'Mo School' programme.

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