Bhubaneswar, April 26: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday brought a partial amendment to the guidelines of ‘The Manoj Das International Literary Award’.
The award which was announced in May 2021, in memory of eminent litterateur Manoj Das, will be conferred to literary figures for their contribution to Odia and English literature.
Accordingly, any Indian writer for his creative contribution to English literature shall be awarded. The prize money is Rs 10 lakh for this international award.
Similarly, it was announced that high school students will be presented the ‘Manoj-Kishore Literary Talent Award’ for their creative works in order to develop interest among youths in both Odia and English literature. The prize money was Rs 1 lakh for this award.
This award is in memory of Manoj Das and his brother Manmath Das, a noted historian and academic of Odisha.
However, according to the new rules, the students who rank first, second and third, in both Odia and English writing will be awarded Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000, and Rs 10,000 each. Besides, the awardees will be presented with a book by Manoj Das, his oil paint portrait, and clothes along with a memento.
This apart, the residence of Manoj Das at his native in Sankhari in Balasore district will be converted as Manoj-Manmath Memorial, after the official acquisition of their ancient household.
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