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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu arrived in Bhubaneswar on Friday on a two-day visit to Odisha.

Naidu, who arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) at around 11.15 am in a special flight, was given a warm welcome by Governor Professor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

After his arrival at the BPIA, Naidu drove straight to Raj Bhawan for lunch.

As per the official itinerary, Naidu will inaugurate the 600th birth anniversary celebrations of Adi Kabi Sarala Das at Sarala Bhawan in Cuttack later in the evening at around 5.20 pm. The Vice President will return to Raj Bhawan where he will spend the night.

The next day i.e. on April 3, Naidu is scheduled to attend the 50th convocation of Utkal University as the chief guest. The attendees will have to go through RTPCR test and social distancing of six feet shall be maintained between them.

Afterwards, Naidu will return to Raj Bhawan for lunch and at around 4.40 pm the same day, he will return to New Delhi in a special flight of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at around 5 pm.

Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra has directed the officials to strictly ensure the implementation of Covid-19 norms during the two-day visit of the Vice President to the State.

Meanwhile, the Commissionerate Police has made elaborate security arrangements to provide full-proof security cover to the Vice President during his visit to the State.

The Commissionerate Police on Thursday conducted carcade rehearsal ahead of the two-day visit.

"Around 40 platoons of the police force have been deployed while more than 130 officers are monitoring the security arrangements, which have been made according to the Blue Book guidelines. All the officers and police personnel deployed has undergone Covid-19 test," said Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Umashankar Das.



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