Bhubaneswar, April 26 (LocalWire): Chief minister Naveen Patnaik paid humble tributes to legendary leader and architect of independent Odisha,
Krushna Chandra Gajapati, on his 127th birth anniversary today.
Maharaja Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Dev, the scion of the great Ganga dynasty of Paralakhemundi was born on 26 April 1892 in the royal house of Paralakhemundi, to King Goura Chandra Gajapati and Queen Radhamani Devi.
Sir Gajapati was freedom fighter and the first prime minister of Odisha province in British India and one of the founding fathers of the Indian Constitution, being a member of the Constituent Assembly of India.
The present-day Gajapati district which was earlier a part of the historic Ganjam district was named after him.
Sri Krushna was instrumental in the establishing the Utkal University, the SCB Medical College, the Central Rice Research Institute in Bidyadharpur, Cuttack, which is one of the largest of its kind in Asia and also MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur.
He set up many hospitals, schools, colleges, industrial institutions, modern agricultural farms and provided a record number of 1281 irrigation sagars or water-tanks in his agriculturally-dominant native talukwhich led to the undivided Ganjam district to be called ‘the rice-bowl of Odisha’.
He also started scholarships for poor but meritorious students in humanities, science, agriculture, medicine, and engineering.