Bhubaneswar: A day after resignation of all the ministers, Odisha governor Professor Ganeshi Lal on Sunday administered oath to a 21-member new council of ministers of the Naveen Pattnaik government. Out of the 21 ministers, 13 are cabinet and 8 are state ministers.
For the first time, the Oath Taking ceremony was organized at the Lok Seva Bhawan (State Secretariat). Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other dignitaries graced the occasion.
The Cabinet Ministers are—Jagannath Saraka, Niranjan Pujari, Ranendra Pratap Swain, Pramila Mallik, Usha Devi, Prafulla Kumar Mallik, Pratap Keshari Deb, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Pradip Kumar Amat, Naba Kishore Das, Ashok Chandra Panda, Tukuni Sahu and Rajendra Dholakia.
Similarly, Samir Ranjan Dash, Aswini Kumar Patra, Pritiranjan Gharai, Srikanta Sahu, Tusharkanti Behera, Rohit Pujari, Rita Sahu and Basanti Hembram have been inducted as Minister of State with Independent Charge.
Seven BJD Law Makers —Rajendra Dholakia, Aswini Kumar Patra, Rohit Pujari, Srikanta Sahu, Pritiranjan Gharai, Basanti Hembram and Rita Sahu have taken oath as Minister for the first time in their political life.
Similarly, Jagannath Saraka and Ashok Panda got promoted to Cabinet rank from MoS.
Among the new Ministers, Mr.Dholakia is the only leader who was directly elevated to Cabinet status directly. Excluding him, all other new Cabinet Ministers have already served as a Minister during different terms of the Naveen Patnaik Government.
As many as 11 Ministers have been dropped from the new Council of Ministers. The leaders are– Bikram Keshari Arukha, Padmanabha Behera, Pratap Jena, Aruna Kumar Sahoo, Sudam Marndi, Susanta Singh, Dibya Shankar Mishra, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Premananda Nayak, Raghunandan Das and Padmini Dian.
BJD insiders said that some of the senior leaders, who were dropped from the cabinet, will be given key roles in the organisation aiming at the 2024 general elections.
Before the reshuffle, for the first time in his 22 years of rule, Naveen had asked all Ministers to resign from their positions with immediate effect. There were 20 members in the last State Council of Ministers, of which nine were given Minister of State (MoS) status.
- Prafulla Kumar Mallik: Steel and Mines, Works
- Pratap Keshari Deb: Industries, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Energy
3.Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak: Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Cooperation.
- Pradip Kumar Amat: Forest & Environment, Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water, Information & Public Relations.
- Naba Kishore Das: Health & Family Welfare.
- Ashok Chandra Panda: Science & Technology, Public Enterprise, Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disability.
- Tukuni Sahu: Water Resources, Commerce and Transport.
- Rajendra Dholakia: Planning & Convergence.
- Jagannath Saraka: ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare, Law.
- Niranjan Pujari: Finance.
11.Ranendra Pratap Swain: Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development.
- Pramila Mallick: Revenue and Disaster Management.
- Usha Devi: Housing & Urban Development.
Portfolio of Ministers of State (Independence charge)
Samir Ranjan Dash: School & Mass Education.
Aswini Kumar Patra: Tourism, Odia Language, Literature &Culture, Excise.
Pritiranjan Ghadai: Rural Development, Skill Development & Technical Education.
Srikanta Sahu: Labour & Employees’ State Insurance.
Tusharkanti Behera: Electronics & Information Technology, Sports & Youth Services.
Rohit Pujari: Higher Education.
Rita Sahu: Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts.
Basanti Hembram: Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti
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