Bhabani Shankar Chayani, Collector, Cuttack
Top 20 Most Inspirational Personalities Of Odisha 2020: Bhabani Shankar Chayani
He set a precedent by not taking leave after his father’s demise during peak COVID period. Bhabani Shankar Chayani, the incumbent collector of Cuttack is an administrator par excellence and is a metaphor for altruistic service.
Both responsive and sensitive to the concerns of the man on the street during his health crisis, Chayani said he would launch immediate action upon receiving a written complaint against a private lab in Cuttack allegedly overcharging patients for Covid-19 testing.
“At Cuttack we have done a great transformative work by making two wide roads on both the sides of Taladanda Canal near Jobra which will provide main access to the site of SCB Medical College which is being redeveloped as a world class Medical institution by the . We did it in a record time despite COVID demolishing more than 600 unauthorized encroachments many of which were more than 50 year old. Hon’ble CM is going to inaugurate that on 26th of this month. I have posted pictures of these roads with messages of their completion on Twitter”, he said.
Mindful of the spirit of Cuttack’s denizens, Chayani recently gave the go-ahead for community Durga pujas without any congregation in pandals and in strict adherence to social distancing norms, an official said. The puja committees can celebrate the festival in the silver city of Odisha without violating the COVID-19 guidelines, Cuttack Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani said.
“Maintaining social distancing norms, avoiding mass gatherings and wearing masks, the organizers can hold Durga puja at their respective pandals,” Chayani said. Puja organisers can perform the rituals but no congregation will be allowed in the pandals, he said. The Durga puja committees welcomed the district administration’s decision and said they will follow the health safety guidelines in the pandals and also during immersion of the idols”, he added.
A tough administrator with a humane face, Chayani is the exemplar for ‘people friendly’ governance. May his tribe grow and serve the people incessantly.
Written By Dibyajit Sahu
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