Centre to issue coins with Biju's image

Sujit Kumar Bisoyi | TNN | Feb 13, 2016, 09.10 AM IST

Bubaneswar: The Centre will issue commemorative coins with former chief minister Biju Patnaik's image on March 5, when the state celebrates his birth centenary.

The coins of Rs 5 and Rs 100 denominations will be unveiled by chief minister Naveen Patnaik on March 5 here at a special function on March 5, official sources said.

"Following the approval of the chief minister, we have sent the design of the coin to the Union finance ministry, which will issue the coins," culture secretary Manoranjan Pannigrahi told TOI.
He said, "The coins will have the image of Biju Patnaik, his name and 1916-1997 - his year of birth and death. While the Rs 100 denomination is meant for showcasing, the Rs 5 coin will be for general circulation."

"To finalize the design, the state government constituted a committee, including members from different fraternities, artist Tarakanta Parida, artist and historian Dinanath Pathy and sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik," he added.

Biju Patnaik, who served as the chief minister of Odisha from 1961-1963 and from 1990-95, will probably be the first Odia on who the Centre has agreed to issue commemorative coins.

In 2015, the Centre had accepted the state government's proposal to release commemorative coins on Nabakalebara festival of Lord Jagannath, which is yet to be issued due to controversy regarding the design.

Biju Patnaik played a pioneering role in bringing industry to the state. His contributions include setting up the Paradip Port, Bhubaneswar airport, Regional Engineering College (now National Institute of Technology) at Rourkela.

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