Bhubaneswar: Total 21 ministers including five women leaders of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) were inducted to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s new team in his 5th innings of the Government.
Of 21 ministers, 13 leaders were sworn-in as the Cabinet Ministers and eight took oath as the Ministers of State. All were administered their oath of office and secrecy by Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal at Lok Seva Bhawan earlier in the day.
Jagannath Saraka – He was elevated to the Cabinet rank with the portfolios ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare, Law. Earlier, he was the ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare Minister (MoS).
Niranjan Pujari – He retains Finance Department with an additional portfolio of Parliamentary Affairs after the cabinet reshuffle. Earlier, he was holding the Excise, Finance portfolios as the Cabinet Minister.
Ranendra Pratap Swain – He was given the charge of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development. Earlier, he was the Co-Operation, Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Minister (Cabinet) in Naveen’s team.
Pramila Mallick – The Binjharpur MLA was allotted the Revenue & Disaster Management.
Usha Devi – The MLA from Chikiti Assembly Constituency was given the charge of Housing & Urban Development Department.
Prafulla Kumar Mallick – He retains the Steel and Mines, Works Department.
Pratap Keshari Deb – The Aul MLA got Industries, MSME, Energy Departments. Earlier, he was appointed as chairman of Odisha State Planning Board.
Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak – The Mahakalapada MLA was allotted the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Cooperation. Earlier, he had held key portfolios including Energy as Minister of State (Ind), Health and Family Welfare as Minister of State(Ind), and Information & Public Relations as the Minister of State(Ind) in Naveen’s government between 2009 and 2016.
Pradip Kumar Amat – The legislator from Boudh Assembly Constituency was given the charge of Forests and Environment, Panchayatiraj & Drinking Water, Information & Public Relations Departments. Earlier, Amat was the Speaker of Odisha Legislative Assembly in 2017. Prior to this, he was the Finance and Health minister between 2009 and 2014.
Naba Kishore Das – He will continue to serve as the Health & Family Welfare Minister in Naveen’s Government.
Ashok Chandra Panda – He was elevated as the Cabinet Minister with allotment of Science & Technology, Public Enterprises, Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disability portfolios. Earlier, he was the Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Public Enterprises, Science and Technology Minister (MoS).
Tukuni Sahu – The Cabinet Minister was given the charge of Water Resources, Commerce & Transport Departments. Earlier, she was the Women & Child Development & (Mission Shakti) Minister.
Rajendra Dholakia – The Nuapada MLA has been appointed as the new Planning & Convergence Minister in the Cabinet rejig.
Ministers of State (Independent charge):
Samir Ranjan Dash – He will continue to serve as the School & Mass Education Minister in the Government. Earlier, he was the Cabinet Minister.
Aswini Kumar Patra – The Jaleswar MLA has been given the charge of Tourism, Odia Language, Literature & Culture, Excise Departments.
Priti Ranjan Ghadei – The Sukinda MLA will serve as the Rural Development, Skill Development & Technical Education Minister.
Srikant Sahu – The legislator, who represents Polasara Assembly Constituency in Odisha, has been appointed as the Labour & Employee’s State Insurance Minister.
Tusharkanti Behera – He will continue to serve as the Electronics & Information Technology, Sports & Youth Services Minister. He has been given the additional charge of Home Department as the Minister of State (MoS).
Rohit Pujari – The MLA from Rairakhol Assembly Constituency was given the charge of Higher Education Department.
Rita Sahu – The Bijepur MLA was allotted the Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts Department.
Basanti Hembram – The Karanjia MLA will serve as the Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti Minister.
Here’s the full list of newly-appointed ministers and their portfolios.