Naveen Retains Home, Amat is New Finance Minister - The New Indian Express

Naveen Retains Home, Amat is New Finance Minister

Published: 22nd May 2014 09:47 AM

Last Updated: 22nd May 2014 09:47 AM

BHUBANESWAR: In the new Council of Ministers which took oath on Wednesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has retained Home, General Administration, Water Resources and Works portfolios and named Pradip Kumar Amat as the new Finance Minister.

Amat, Speaker in the outgoing Assembly, was a Minister of State for Steel and Mines during Naveen’s second tenure between 2004 and 2009. Apart from Finance, Amat has been given additional portfolio of Public Enterprises.

The vital Steel and Mines department went to Kamakhyanagar MLA Prafulla Kumar Mallick, a first-time minister.

A Minister of State, Mallick will be in independent charge of the department. Besides, he has been given additional charge of Labour and Employees State Insurance department.

Senior BJD leader Damodar Rout has been given Excise and Cooperation departments, while Debi Prasad Mishra is the new Industries, School and Mass Education Minister.

Pradip Kumar Maharathy is given Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Resources department. Maharathy, representing Pipili for the sixth consecutive time, was Agriculture Minister for eight months in the last government.

The important Revenue and Disaster Management department has gone to Bijayashree Routray, while Bikram Kesari Arukh is the new Forest, Environment and Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

Two ministers of the outgoing government have retained their portfolios. Usha Devi continues to be the Minister for Women and Child Development, while she has been given additional portfolio of Planning and Coordination. Lal Bihari Himirika has retained ST and SC Development, Minorities and Backward Class Welfare department.

Jogendra Behera, a first-timer, is Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Pension and Public Grievance.

Ghasipura MLA Badri Narayan Patra and Dharmagarh MLA Puspendra Singhdeo have been elevated to Cabinet rank. While Patra is given Rural Development department, Singhdeo got Housing and Urban Development.

Among the Minister of States (Independent), Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak is given Health and Family Welfare and Information and Public Relations, while young tribal MLA from Nabarangpur district, Ramesh Chandra Majhi, is the new Commerce and Transport Minister.

Arun Sahu is the MoS (Ind) Panchayati Raj and Law, Sanjay Dasburma is the MoS (Ind) Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Employment and Technical Education.

A first-time minister, Pranab Prakash Das has been given MoS (Ind) Energy and Information Technology. He will also look after Disability Welfare in the department of Women and Child Development as MoS.

Sudam Marandi from Mayurbhanj district is new MoS (Ind) Sports and Youth Affairs. As a Minister of State, he will handle Tribal Affairs under Himirika.

Ashok Panda is the new MoS (Ind) for Tourism and Culture while Snehangini Churia MoS (Ind) is given Textiles, Handloom and Handicrafts.

A first timer in the Assembly, Churia will also handle Scheduled Caste Welfare of ST & SC Development department and Mission Shakti programme of W&CD department.

Pradeep Panigrahi is the new MoS (Ind) for Higher Education and Science and Technology departments. He will also look after rural water supply of the Rural Development department as MoS. 

Sugnana Pro Tem Speaker

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD legislator from Kabisuryanagar V Sugnana Kumari Deo was on Wednesday nominated as pro tem Speaker of the 15th Odisha Assembly. Deo, who was elected for the 10th time, will take oath as pro tem Speaker at the Raj Bhawan here on Thursday, Assembly sources said. She will administer the oath of office to the newly- elected members in the Odisha Assembly on Friday and Saturday. The election to the office of the Speaker of the new Assembly is likely to be held on Monday, the sources added. Deo had represented Khallikote constituency in the Assembly eight times. She has been successfully contesting from Kabisuryanagar since 2009 after Khallikote seat was reserved for Scheduled Castes.

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