“With approval of Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik allocates Health and Family Welfare department to Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari,” a CMO release said.
Former Health Minister Naba Das, who was shot at by ASI of Police Gopal Das in Brajarajnagar of Jharsuguda district, succumbed to his bullet injuries at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Sunday evening.
The Odisha government has announced to accord state honour as a mark of respect to former Minister Das.
According to an official statement from the Odisha government, the national flag will fly at half-mast on the day of death and on the day of the funeral. "There will be no official entertainment for 3 days from January 29 to January 31 in the entire state," it read.
Earlier in the day, Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister, leaders cutting across party lines and other eminent personalities paid their last respects to Das at his official residence here.
Das, a senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader, will be cremated with full state honours in Jharsuguda this afternoon.