Naveen Patnaik releases the revived magazine
The State government on Wednesday re-launched publication of the popular Oriya children's magazine Sishulekha – Orissa's own version of Chandamama – that was discontinued for the past five years.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released the re-launched number during the felicitation ceremony of the top ranking students of the last high school certificate examination in the Capital. He dedicated it to the children of the State.
Speaking on the occasion, School and Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena announced that 50,000 copies of the magazine would be distributed free of cost to the schools across Orissa. He further revealed that in a departure from the earlier editorial policy, articles and drawings of the children would be published in the monthly magazine.
A number of prominent writers of the State were constantly demanding revival of the publication. Although former Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy chaired a meeting at the State Secretariat two years ago and ordered for earliest publication of the magazine, bureaucratic bottlenecks badly delayed the process. While the Department of Culture wrote to the Department of School and Mass Education for copyright of the magazine, the later did not respond though the government had earmarked a financial assistance of Rs.10 lakhs for its revival.
To make the publication self-sustainable, the Chief Secretary had suggested the Department of School and Mass Education to circulate the magazine among the school students through the ongoing District Primary Education Programme and OPEPA.