Odisha CM Mohan Majhi allocates portfolios among ministers; check who gets what

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Mohan Charan Majhi today allocated portfolios among his newly-appointed Council of Ministers in Odisha.

The Chief Minister kept at least six departments with him. The departments are: Home, General Administration and Public Grievance, Finance, Information and Public Relations, Water Resources, Planning & Convergence and any other department not specifically assigned to the ministers.

Deputy Chief Minister KV Singh Deo has been given the charge of two departments—Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment and Energy.

Another Deputy Chief Minister Pravati Parida has been allocated three departments—Women & Child Development, Mission Shakti and Tourism.

Revenue and Disaster Management department went to Cabinet Minister Suresh Pujari while Cabinet Minister Rabi Narayan Naik got the charge of two departments—Rural Development and Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water.

Cabinet Minister Nityanand Gond has been allocated three departments—School and Mass Education, ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare and Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

Two other Cabinet Ministers—Prithiviraj Harichandan and Mukesh Mahaling—got the charge of three departments each.

Law, Works and Excise department went to Harichandan while Mahaling has been given the charge of Health and Family Welfare, Parliamentary Affairs and Electronics & Information Technology department.

Cabinet Ministers Krushna Chandra Patra, Bibhuti Bhushan Jena and Krushna Chandra Mahapatra got two departments each.

Patra has been given the charge of Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare and Science & Technology department while departments of Commerce & Transport and Steels & Mines went to Jena. Mahapatra has been allocated Housing & Urban Development and Public Enterprises department.

Youth leader and Minister of State with Independent Charge Suryabanshi Suraj has been given the responsibility of three important departments—Higher Education, Sports & Youth Services and Odia Language Literature & Culture.

Majhi (52), the four-time MLA from Keonjhar Assembly seat, took oath as the first Chief Minister from BJP in Odisha on June 12.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) defeated the Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the just concluded Assembly polls in the state. The BJP has won at least 78 Assembly seats of the total 147 in Odisha while candidates of BJD came victorious in 51 constituencies.

Governor Raghubar Das administered the oaths of office and secrecy to Majhi, a tribal leader, at a ceremony at Janata Maidan in the capital city here.

A 15-member Council of Ministers including two Deputy Chief Ministers—KV Singh Deo and Pravati Parida—were also sworn in on the occasion.

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