Bhubaneswar: Leaving behind all the nominees for the Outlook Speakout awards, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was announced as the Best Administrator in India.
Patnaik was among the politicians — Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah — nominated for the Outlook Speakout award, instituted by Outlook Group under the category of Best Administrator.
However, Patnaik became the winner as the Best Administrator in the country for his good work during floods and cyclones – Phailin and Hudhud — that devastated Odisha many a time during his 17-years of rule.
“The 71-year-old Naveen Patnaik has been a chief minister for more than 17 years in Orissa, a feat accomplished by only a few leaders, such as Jyoti Basu , elsewhere in the country. Many attribute the success of the Biju Janata Dal president, son of former chief minister Biju Pattnaik, to his good work as an administrator. His handling of the situation arising out of the various cyclones are considered to be a copybook lesson in disaster management,” quoted Outlook.
He will be handed over the award at Outlook Speakout award function today in New Delhi.
Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Patnaik wrote, “I look forward to attend @OutlookIndia ’s Speakout Awards today at #Delhi & interact with guests & dignitaries.”
Outlook had nominated the public figures and dignitaries for presenting the Outlook Speakout Awards under eight different categories including Best Socially Conscious Entrepreneur, Best Social Activist, Best Artist, Best Academician, Best Non-fiction Book/Author, Best Administrator, Best Journalist, Vinod Mehta Memorial Lifetime Achievement.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony in New Delhi this evening.