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Change in portfolios of key Ministers: Odisha CM vacates Water Resources, Works; retains Home

Bhubaneswar, March 3, 2018: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday effected changes in the portfolios of some Ministers. Patnaik, who held Water Resources and Works portfolios since along gave away the same to Niranjan Pujari and Prafulla Mallick, respectively.

However, the Chief Minister has retained the Home Department which he is holding since he became the Chief Minister in 2000 for the first. 

While Niranjan Pujari has been given charge of Water Resources Department along with his original Housing and Urban Development Department, Prafulla Mallick entrusted with Works Department, in addition to his original Steel and Mines Department.

Pratap Jena has been given the responsibility of Information and Public Relations (I&PR) Department along with his original assignment of Health and Family Welfare and Law Department.

Sushant Singh, who was credited for making the BJD victory in the much-hyped Bijepur Assembly by-election has been given the additional charge of Energy Department along with his original Labour and ESI Department while Anant Das has been given the responsibility of Industries Department along with his original Higher Education Department.

The changes in the portfolio and giving additional charge to selected persons assume significance, particularly ahead of the general elections scheduled in 2019.

“Congratulate my colleagues on their new portfolios and responsibilities. I am sure they will discharge their responsibilities ably and enhance administration with their verve and leadership to serve the people by ensuring fast-paced development,” said Patnaik.

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