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Centre to fund Paika Rebellion memorial at Khurdha




 In a bid to commemorate the Paika Rebellion, considered to be India’s first mass movement against British Raj, a special infrastructure is being planned at Khordha for which a Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be formulated soon.  

The Culture Department of the State Government will prepare the DPR and detailed estimate for the purpose, said sources in knowledge of the development.

It may be mentioned here that the Union Ministry of Culture has requested the State Government to prepare the DPR and budget estimate for the said infrastructure and present the same to Centre at the earliest.

As Paika Rebellion is associated with the State of Odisha in general and particularly with Khurda, creation of infrastructure there has been urged by the Union Government.

Secretary in Union Ministry of Culture Rashmi Verma has brought this to the notice of the State Government.

Infrastructure in form of a memorial, auditorium, stadium or cultural complex can be set up in memory of Paika Rebellion, said Verma.

Even as creation of infrastructure will be funded by the Union Ministry of Culture, the State Government will have to provide land free of cost, said Verma.

Ministry has made a budget provision of Rs.10 crore out of which 20 pc will be spent on cultural activities and 80 pc for creation of infrastructure.

Accordingly, DPR is to prepared keeping in view of the budget allocation made for commemoration of Paika Rebellion, said officials.

Commemoration of 200th anniversary of uprising of soldiers led by Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar in Khurda popularly known as Paika Rebellion is organized during 2017-18.

State Government is pressing for declaring Paik Rebellion as the First War of Independence.

State Cabinet has already passed a resolution in this regard on the occasion of 200 years of this popular uprising.

In fact, the Paika Rebellion of 1817 on July 20 was celebrated in New Delhi with former President Pranab Mukherjee describing it as "A National War" and said it was time the struggle and sacrifice by a generation of Odias got its due place in the annals of history.






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