Odisha Cabinet: 5 Ministers Resign, 9 New Ministers take Oath
TNI Bureau: In a big reshuffle, Odisha Chief Minister asked five Ministers to resign from the posts, while he inducted nine new Ministers. Former Ministers Dr. Damodar Rout, Bijayashree Routray and Rabi Narayan Nanda made a comeback to the Cabinet.
Finance Minister Prafulla Ghadei, Mass Education Minister Pratap Jena, Labour and Employment Minister Pushpendra Singhdeo, Tourism, Culture Minister Prafulla Samal and Energy Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak submitted their resignations.
Dr. Damodar Rout was sworn-in as a Cabinet Minister. In addition, Kalpataru Das and Bijayashree Routray also took the oath as the Cabinet Ministers.
Pratap Keshari Deb, Subrat Tarai, Rajanikanta Singh, Sarojini Hembram, Arun Kumar Sahu and Rabi Narayan Nanda were sworn-in as the Ministers of State. The office of oath and secrecy were administered by Odisha Governor Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare.
Prsanna Acharya was given the Finance portfolio, while Dr. Damodar Rout will get Health & Family Welfare. Rabi Narayan Nanda got School & Mass Education portfolio. Niranjan Pujari got Excise portfolio. Debi Prasad Mishra was given the Agriculture and Fishery & Animal Husbandry portfolios. Rajanikant Singh got Forest & Environment. Usha Devi became the Women & Child Development Minister.
New Ministers with Portfolio
New Ministers with Portfolio:
Dr. Damodar Rout – Health & Family Welfare and MSME
Kalpataru Das -Panchayati Raj and Parliamentary Affairs
Bijayashree Routray – Forest & Environment, Labour, ESI
MoS (Indpendent Charge):
Pratap Keshari Deb – Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare, Employment & Technical Education & Training
Subrat Tarai – Commerce & Transport
Sarojini Hembram – Textile, Handloom & Handicrafts
Rabi Narayan Nanda – School & Mass Education
Rajanikant Singh: Mines & Steel
Arun Kumar Sahu – Energy and Information & Public Relations