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Ex-Indian hockey captain Dilip Tirkey OTDC Chairperson

Bhubaneswar, May 18, 2018: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday appointed former Indian hockey captain and Rajya Sabha member Dilip Tirkey as the Odisha Tourism Development Council (OTDC) Chairman.

The prominent tribal BJD leader was elected to the Rajya Sabha on March 22, 2012. His tenure as Rajya Sabha member ended on April 2, this year. On 2 May 2010, the Padma Shree awardee announced his retirement from the international arena of hockey.

Last month, for the first time since its inception, State PSU OTDC had paid an interim dividend of Rs 1 crore to the State Government. After making continuous loss since its establishment in 1980, the PSU had started making profit in 2003-04. While it made a net profit of Rs 5.89 crore in 2016-17, its accumulated profit till March 31 is pegged at Rs 26.20 crore.

OTDC was incorporated in the year 1979 with aim to promote tourism in Odisha. It is a State Government undertaking operating the largest chain of hotel popularly known as “Panthanivas” in the state of Odisha. It provides one stop travel solutions to the tourists visiting the State.

It is operating 20 hotels inside the State. OTDC operates sightseeing tours from all important Panthanivases on regular basis to nearest tourist locations.

OTDC transport fleet is well equipped with air-conditioned coaches, luxury cars which are also offered on contract carriage basis. The air-ticketing unit of OTDC provide tickets to all major Government and Corporate house of the State in addition to the general public. OTDC is Silver rated PSU of the State.

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